Hull have confirmed the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Former Sunderland and Wigan boss Bruce, 51, succeeds Nick Barmby who was sacked by his hometown club last month.

Bruce said: "I'm looking to bring back the Premier League days if we possibly can, that's the reason I'm sitting here, for the challenge of it."

He added: "There were a few weeks of talks and negotiations and I'm now relishing the challenge of getting the club back to where it wants to be."

Hull's ambitious owners Assem and Ehab Allam, worth a reported £417million, sacked Barmby and head of football operations Adam Pearson at the beginning of last month for publicly criticising their financial commitment to the club.

The Allams are understood to have narrowed their month-long search for a new manager down to a shortlist of two 10 days ago, while Billy Davies, Uwe Rosler, Lee Clark, Gary Megson, Greg Abbott and Mick McCarthy had all been linked with the job.