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Steve Bruce - one of the Premier League's best managers?

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Steve Bruce has played under Sir Alex Ferguson, and managed against him in the Premier League. Granted, this isn't a particularly rare feat, but he has clearly learnt from the master in his tactical awareness and ability to bring on the younger players.

Bruce began his managerial career at Sheffield United way back in 1998.

But his talents first came to widespread attention when he led Birmingham City from mid-table Division One (now the Championship) to a mid-table position in the Premier League in his first 18 months in charge.

He was manager at Birmingham for almost six years, in which time they played just a single season outside of the top-flight, before bouncing straight back into the big league with automatic promotion in the 2006/07 season.

The former centre-back had been linked with multiple moves away from the club during his time there, but he eventually left in May 2007 when prospective owner Carson Yeung and chairman Karen Brady wouldn't ratify a new contract, leaving him to join Wigan Athletic who had been fighting for his signature for the previous few months.

Bruce had a successful time at Wigan, before joining Sunderland at the end of the 2008/09 season.

He steered the Black Cats to 13th in the league in his first season, but was sacked in November 2011, with the Wearside club sitting 16th in the table.

He returned to management with championship side Hull City before the 2012/13 season, and guided the Tigers to automatic promotion back to the top flight.

And it has been in this season - his 16th season in management - that he has really shone.

His Hull side currently sit in a comfortable 11th position in the standings, and Bruce's use of the transfer windows has been superb.

The combination of January signings Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic have produced some sterling performances to warrant their price tags.

Bruce has combined Premier League experience with the likes of Maynor Figueroa, Robert Koren and Tom Huddlestone, alongside young prospects such as Jake Livermore and his own son, centre back Alex Bruce.

With just 10 Premier League games remaining in the season, you'd expect Hull to survive comfortably and they should continue to produce consistently good performances for the entirety of their time under Bruce.

The man is well liked and widely respected as a man, a manager and a man manager, and is often an underrated leader.

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