Hull now 4/6 to go back down to the Championship after Steve Bruce leaves the club
Promoted teams to the top flight often find things difficult, although Hull have been placed at an enormous disadvantage just weeks before the season starts.
Steve Bruce has left the KC Stadium, with the manager claiming he had to step down from his role of manager for the good of the club.
In a letter to fans, Bruce wrote: “My biggest regret is having to walk away but it was a decision I had to make for the sake of the club. The last 12 months have been very tough and it felt like the right step for the club to move forward in a different direction and with someone else in charge.
“I desperately wanted to make it work this summer and be a Premier League manager again but, sadly, it wasn’t to be. Nevertheless, I’ve left Hull City with some fantastic memories that I’ll always cherish, including just eight weeks ago in the Championship play-off final at Wembley”.
It is thought that Bruce had been hamstrung by the lack of funds available to strengthen his squad, with bet365 reacting to the news by going 4/6 that Hull finish in the bottom three next season.
City were previously even money for the drop although every bookmaker now goes odds-on that the Tigers don’t manage to remain in the top flight for longer than a season.
Winner offer a best price 4/5 about Hull dropping down next season although the lack of a permanent manager just weeks before the season starts is a concern, with every other team priced at even money or bigger.
Ryan Giggs, Steve Evans and Roberto Martinez are among those names linked to the vacant post, although they might share similar concerns to Bruce when it comes to succeeding with City.