The Hull City manager is understood to be one of the candidates for the England job
Steve Bruce's bid to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager has received backing from a rather unlikely source - Sunderland fans.
According to Hull City's official website, Bruce has "held informal discussions" with FA chiefs, although no official approach has yet been made.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce and Alex Bruce celebrate with the trophy after winning promotion back to the Premier League
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the role, although Sam Allardyce remains the favourite to succeed Hodgson, who stepped down from the role shortly after England's Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat to Iceland.
Having secured Premier League survival at the expense of bitter rivals Newcastle United last season, Allardyce is a hugely popular figure on Wearside, and the prospect of a departure from the Stadium of Light so close to their Premier League opener with Manchester City on August 13th has concerned a number of fans.
Sunderland manager Allardyce is still the favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson
Despite guiding Sunderland to 10th in 2011, Bruce left the Stadium of Light on a largely sour note and still sparks somewhat mixed memories among many of the club's fans.
Sunderland fans have mixed memories of Bruce's time in charge at the Stadium of Light
But after hearing that their former boss is in the frame for the biggest job in English football, many fans took to Twitter and appeared to have nothing but complementary things to say about the 55-year-old, although a desperation to hold on to their beloved Allardyce may have had something to do with it.
So excited at the prospect of #BruceForEngland. Really think he could lead us to World Cup glory, economic stability, global peace.— ALS: SAFC FANZINE (@ALS_Fanzine) July 19, 2016
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