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Friday 24 November 2017

Hull will 'do right thing on Livermore,' pledges Bruce

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce insisted that club owner Assem Allam will
Hull City manager Steve Bruce insisted that club owner Assem Allam will "do the right thing” in regards to Jake Livermore, who tested positive for cocaine this week

Matt Law

Steve Bruce has insisted that Hull City owner Assem Allam will "do the right thing" when the club consider whether to take long-term action against Jake Livermore.

Livermore was suspended last week by both the FA and Hull after testing positive for cocaine, ruling him out of the club's final two games of the season.

Hull lost the first of those without Livermore and now need a final-day miracle against Bruce's former club Manchester United to stand any chance of staying up.

Players who test positive on match days for illegal 'social' drugs face up to a two-year ban and Hull may be within their rights to sack Livermore (25).

That would be a big decision, given that Livermore, who has one England cap, joined them for £8m last summer and still has two years remaining on his contract.

In terms of whether the midfielder could have his contract cancelled, Bruce said: "I haven't had the conversation. But I am sure, knowing the owner the way I that I do, he would want to do the right thing. I think that's vitally important."

Bruce has been a manager for 17 years, but he claimed that nothing could have prepared him for having to tell Livermore that he had failed a drugs test.

"We go on all sorts of courses and coaching seminars and all sorts to be a football manger, but certain things you haven't got any experience of dealing with and I'm within my rights to express my huge disappointment and frustration and anger at the whole situation.

"I am not going to deny it has been one of the most difficult 24-48 hours of my career. I couldn't quite believe it. I'm still in a state of shock with it now.

"Jake knows he's let everybody down and he's let himself down, so I'm not going to be the judge and jury. I think that would be wrong of me, but I'm obviously disappointed and the consequences will be laid out in the next few weeks or so."

Bruce suggested that there were reasons behind Livermore's failed drug test, but refused to offer any excuses for him, saying: "I'm sure there's mitigating circumstances, I'm sure there will be a lot that comes out."

Despite performing well against Tottenham, squandered chances and goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose left Hull having to beat United on the final day of the season to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

Even then, Hull must also hope that either Newcastle United or Sunderland slip up.

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