Steve Bruce holds England talks
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been interviewed for the England job although Sam Allardyce remains the favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson. After Hodgson stepped down following England's embarrassing defeat to Iceland, the FA have stepped up their pursuit of a replacement though Sunderland's Sam Allardyce remains the bookies favourite.
Hull confirmed in an official statement that Bruce had held 'informal discussions' though they stressed the fact that no formal approach has been made. The club went on to say they hope that the FA go on to 'conclude their business quickly' in a sentiment shared by Sam Allardyce's Sunderland. Both clubs are obviously hoping for a resolution to be reached sooner rather than later so they can focus their attentions on the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Bruce led Hull back to the Premier League at the first time of asking via the play-offs last season and has experience of playing at the highest level, having captained Manchester United to their first Premier League title in 1993. There was speculation surrounding his future earlier this summer when there was talk of a takeover at the KC Stadium. The 55-year-old did however confirm his intentions to stay with the club last month but has spoken of his desire in managing his country.
The bookies are still of the belief however that Sam Allardyce is Hodgson's most likely successor. Big Sam is odds-on for the job across the board with the best value offered by Betfred at just 2/5. Bruce however offers some value at 10/1 with Boylesports though elsewhere he can be found as short as 3/1.
The job almost certainly looks to go to one of this pair with approaches made to both candidates. Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klinsmann continue to be linked with the role though as things stand, the pair can both be considered outsiders.