Steve Bruce: 'It was hard to bounce back after Sunderland sacking'

Hull City manager Steve Bruce before his sides match with Leyton Orient on January 15, 2013
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Hull City boss Steve Bruce admits that he is still "hurt" by his sacking by Sunderland in November 2011.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has admitted that he is still "hurt" by his sacking by Sunderland in November 2011.

Bruce guided the Tigers back to the Premier League on Saturday after a two-year absence from the top flight.

However, the former Black Cats boss revealed that it was tough to build himself back up after being discarded by the club.

He told reporters: "I took over a team that had avoided relegation on the last day. We finished 13th in the first year, 10th in the second, balanced the books and then I got the sack after 11 games.

"Of course it hurt me. I thought I'd get a chance and it didn't happen. But then you dust yourself down because you have to work hard for the chance to work at a club like Sunderland, and it's taken away from you.

"So you have to rebuild yourself and it's tough. Then you have to get ready for a challenge again."

Hull earned promotion on the final day of the Championship season by earning a point in their 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.

Hull City's manager Steve Bruce celebrates in the stands after his side sealed promotion to the Premier League on May 4, 2013
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