Bruce is in mood for final

Hull City manager Steve Bruce
Hull City manager Steve Bruce
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Hull boss Steve Bruce has vowed to relish every moment of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal after being hit with another timely reminder of the precarious nature of football management.

Bruce believes the prospects for Premier League managers are now bleaker than anywhere else in the world after Tim Sherwood became the second top-flight manager to lose his job this week.

Bruce expressed his surprise over Sherwood’s departure which came shortly after Pepe Mel’s exit from West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

Bruce said: “I never thought I’d see the day but it’s now becoming like it is in Europe or South America – in fact it’s probably worse now.

“We keep getting told the average lifespan for a manager is 13 months and another good young manager has just lost his job.

“From the outside I don’t know how much more he could have done. In terms of results he’s been terrific.

“I’ve been in management for 15 years now and two or three people have lost their jobs in the last 48 hours so I’m going to take a deep breath and enjoy the occasion.”

Bruce will have no new injuries to contend with for the Saturday showdown with Arsenal and he acknowledges he faces one of the toughest decisions of his managerial career to pick his starting XI.

He said: “When it comes to such a big game I’ll have to weigh it up and make sure everybody’s in the right frame of mind. Physically they have all got to be 100 per cent.

“It’s a new experience for me as a manager and it’s a wonderful achievement for the club and the city.

“It’s a working class city and if we can bring the cup back and give it something to shout about about it would be terrific.”

Arsenal will check on the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Vermaelen.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out with a groin injury since the league clash with Tigers on April 20.