Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
4pm, live on BBC1
division is, but I’m confident we will turn this club around.”
It is not an idle boast. No manager has won promotion to the Premier League more than Bruce. He took Birmingham City up twice and repeated the feat with Hull. The mention of the latter, though, brings raw emotions to the surface. Bruce’s soft Geordie accent quivers.
“It was a huge decision to take, leaving Hull. It was extremely difficult.
“I had four fantastic years at the club and the people there... the fans, they were brilliant with me. However, I had to do it. I wanted to be in the Premier League, but something wasn’t right. I’d got the club back there, which isn’t an easy thing to do, but I was frustrated.
“It was a huge wrench to leave. We’d worked so hard to get back into