The managerial pedigree of Steve Bruce was underlined with a storming FA Cup run as the Englishman navigated a Hull City route to the final, knocking out Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Sheffield United and testing Arsenal by sticking two goals past Lukasz Fabianski within eight minutes of the competition's conclusion on Saturday, May 17 at Wembley Stadium.
Bruce, a Manchester United alumnus, found himself omitted from the conversation over whom should succeed a: Sir Alex Ferguson last summer and b: David Moyes.
While Dutch maestro Louis van Gaal is regarded to be the permanent solution, beinSports and talkSPORT commentator Richard Keys believes Bruce could have been sounded out.
"Steve Bruce has done another fantastic job," blogged Keys on his official website, as the 53-year-old also secured a comfortable 16th place finish with 37 points, four points clear of the relegation zone.
He continued: "I say 'another' with a purpose. He's a very good Manager and he has delivered wherever he's been. Why wasn't his name mentioned when United were looking to appoint a successor to Fergie? It should've been."
In a concluding statement, he remarked: "It's probably too late now, but never say never…"