- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HULL, England (AP) - Hull manager Steve Bruce has held talks with the English Football Association about succeeding Roy Hodgson as national coach.

Bruce faces competition for the job from Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who was interviewed by the FA last week.

Hull says “no official approach has been received from the FA” to hire Bruce following “informal discussions.”

Bruce has managed Hull for four years, steering the northern club back into the Premier League in 2013. He retained his job despite Hull being relegated in 2015, and instantly secured a return to the topflight for next season.

Hull says it wants the FA to “conclude their business quickly in order to avoid further speculation regarding Steve ahead of what is a season of huge importance for the club.”

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