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Hull City manager Steve Bruce. Picture credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Hull City manager Steve Bruce. Picture credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Hull City manager Steve Bruce. Picture credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

STEVE BRUCE will put his close friendship with Sam Allardyce to one side when Hull City do battle with West Ham in the Premier League at Upton Park tonight.

Hull boss Bruce is six years younger than the 59-year-old Allardyce, but he says they share a kindred spirit and the former centre-halves will be getting together soon for their annual holiday together.

"You tend to find your friends are away from football, but I can call Sam as one of my friends," Bruce said.

"We both started in management at the same sort of time, him at Notts County and me at Sheffield United, 14 or 15 years ago and we've been hammer and tongs at each other since.

"Every summer we get together and have a few days away and enjoy some time together."

BATTLE

Just two points separate the two teams in their battle to pull away from the relegation zone, but Bruce is confident both will enjoy mid-table security long before the end of the season.

Allardyce was named manager of the month for February after guiding the Hammers to four straight wins that has brought them within touching distance of safety.

"He's got that curse, hasn't he," Bruce said of the hoodoo which can often follow managers. "There is nobody more experienced and, if you are in a dog fight, Sam's your man.

"I expect them to be nowhere near the relegation area when the end of the season comes."

Bruce is hoping striker Shane Long and centre-half Curtis Davies will both shake off knee injuries.


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