Bruce rolls out relegation fears

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April 24, 2015 11:27:42 UK

Steve Bruce has revealed Hull City have put measures in place to ensure they are protected if they suffer relegation from the Premier League.

The East Yorkshire club have only won six of 32 games so far this season and a poor run of form since the turn of the year – they have only won three games – has left them fourth from bottom but on the same 28 points as Leicester City in the relegation zone.

Bruce’s men also have, on paper at least, what looks like the most difficult run-in in their efforts to stay in the top flight.

This is the club’s second season back in the Premier League but Bruce revealed a contingency is in place if they suffer the unthinkable.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace, Bruce told reporters: “We’re a newly promoted club which has been in the division practically 20 months, we always knew we were up against it.

“Everybody concerned takes a huge reduction in salary, the club has had a really, really stringent policy that, if we do get relegated, the club doesn’t fall into drastic times, which a lot of clubs do.

“Most players take a 40 or 50 per cent reduction [in wages]. So we’re realistic to know that, yes we want to avoid going into the Championship but we’ve also made provisions to make sure the club doesn’t leak into the realms that it was before.

“I think that’s very important for a club like ours.”

David Meyler serves the last game of a three-match ban on Saturday, while Curtis Davies (thigh) and Gaston Ramirez (hamstring) are still fitness concerns for Bruce. Hull City are quoted 1.80 to be relegated from the Premier League.

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