Bruce quits Hull over lack of investment in new players
Steve Bruce resigned as Hull City manager yesterday, furious about the lack of investment in new players this summer.
Bruce has had an increasingly difficult relationship with vice-chairman Ehab Allam, the son of owner Assem.
Indeed, things deteriorated so much that the former Manchester United player believed he was being prevented from doing his job properly and suspected the club were trying to provoke him into quitting.
The 55-year-old felt he was being isolated and was not willing to take the blame if Hull struggled in the Premier League next season as he was unable to bring in the players he wanted to strengthen a squad which returned to the top flight via the play-offs.
Bruce is the most successful manager in Hull's history, winning promotion to the Premier League twice, as well as taking the club to its first FA Cup final two years ago.
Although the relationship with Bruce had been tense for several months, it is thought the Hull board were still shocked to discover he wanted to quit.
That is likely to mean they do not have a replacement lined up, although the early favourite is former Everton and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.
Ryan Giggs will also come into their thinking as he is looking for his first manager's job since leaving Manchester United.
However, sources close to Giggs have suggested he would not be keen on the job because of the uncertainty surrounding the owners.
Sunderland, meanwhile, hope to have David Moyes installed at the Stadium of Light over the weekend after making good progress in their negotiations with the former Everton and Manchester United manager.
Moyes has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad last November after just one year in charge and has been waiting for an attractive Premier League job.
He had hoped to become Newcastle United manager in March, but lost out to Rafael Benitez.
The former Everton manager has already drawn up a list of potential transfer targets having discussed the strength of the squad with Allardyce.
It is thought a £5million deal to sign Aston Villa defender Micah Richards remains in place, although Sunderland desperately need to add another striker to their squad to help ease the goalscoring burden on Jermain Defoe.
Barcelona fans hoping to see their stars in Dublin next week will be disappointed after the club confirmed that 17 of their first-team squad will not be travelling to face Celtic at the Aviva Stadium.
The La Liga champions take on the Bhoys in Dublin next Saturday as part of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament, but will not have the likes of Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, and Sergio Busquets who do not return to training until August 1.
Daryl Murphy could be on his way out of Ipswich Town. The 33-year-old Ireland international has attracted interest from Fulham and Newcastle United who are anxious to boost their attacking options before the Championship season begins.