Steve Bruce dedicates Hull City’s play-off victory to Assem Allam

• Manager hails influence of chairman after beating Sheffield Wednesday
• Bruce says Hull must invest well but are ready for Premier League challenge

Steve Bruce dedicated Hull City’s play-off victory to the chairman, Assem Allam and said the club would be ready to make an impact in the Premier League next season after bouncing back at the first time of asking.

Mohamed Diamé’s superb strike in the 72nd minute ensured a narrow 1-0 win for Hull over Sheffield Wednesday, earning Bruce his fourth promotion from the Championship. He offered to step down one year ago after relegation from the top flight but Allam persuaded him to stay and the owner is currently in hospital with a serious illness.

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