Steve Bruce: Hull City manager unhappy with Newcastle link

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce says it is "disrespectful" to be linked with replacing Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

The Magpies lost 4-0 to Southampton on Saturday to add to the pressure on Pardew, whose side are now bottom of the Premier League.

"I find it very disrespectful that I am linked with somebody else's job when he is still in the job," Bruce told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme.

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"I am just concentrating on our game against West Ham on Monday."

Bruce, 53, took over as manager of Newcastle's rivals Sunderland in June 2009 but was sacked in November 2011 before being appointed as Hull boss in June 2012.

"I'm like any other manager, when I see another manager under huge pressure like Alan is - and it was only a few years ago I was in the same sort of situation - it isn't nice," added Bruce.

"After what happened to me at Sunderland I know how difficult the north east is.

"I have only been at Hull a couple of years and they have been really good. They gave me the chance to get up and running again and for that I will always be grateful."

Hull manager Steve Bruce (left) and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

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