Rowett in frame for Hull job

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett

HITC Sport understands Birmingham City boss is contender for the Hull City job.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett is in the frame for the vacant manager's job at Hull City, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Hull are drawing up a shortlist of targets to replace Steve Bruce at the KC Stadium after his shock resignation last week.

Hull manager Steve Bruce

Bruce, who joined the Tigers in 2012, led them to promotion to the Premier League twice and also a FA Cup final, but the club's failure to bring in a number of transfer targets is understood to be one of the main reasons for his departure.

Bruce's former assistant Mike Phelan is currently in temporary charge of the team, but Hull are now desperately searching for another manager with the new Premier League due to get underway in just under three weeks time.

Rowett is understood to have emerged as a contender for the job with the former Derby County and Leicester City defender regarded as one of the best young managers in the country.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett

Rowett began his managerial career at Burton Albion, twice leading them to the League Two play-offs before being lured away by former club Birmingham.

After taking charge of Birmingham with the club languishing second from bottom of the Championship, Rowett guided them to safety and tenth position in the table.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett before the match

In his second season in charge Birmingham were in contention for the play-offs before finishing in tenth spot again with Rowett forced to work with a shoestring budget at St Andrews because of ownership issues at the club.

Birmingham would be reluctant to lose Rowett so close to the new season, but Hull could test their resolve if they make a move for the astute tactician.

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