Sunderland are doing their best to make themselves the laughing stock of the Premier League, with Steve Bruce set to come back to the club he was sacked from five years ago.

The BBC have revealed on Friday afternoon that Bruce has resigned from his job at Hull City and is believed to be replacing Sam Allardyce.

Both were interviewed for the England job but Allardyce is widely reported to be due to be named as the successor to Roy Hodgson later this afternoon.

Steve Bruce lasted just over two years on Wearside last time and claimed that he was sacked largely due to him being a Newcastle fan.

Rafa Benitez has forged ahead with his Rafalution on Tyneside and made his sixth signing of the summer on Thursday, with Grant Hanley arriving at Newcastle.

However, on Wearside it has been a different story with Sunderland in disarray, due to the FA’s embarrassing handling of finding a new England boss and Sam Allardyce’s willingness to drop the mackems in it. As a result they haven’t made a single signing with only three weeks to go before the Premier League kicks off again.

It was only November when Allardyce had claimed he was going to make Sunderland another Juventus…

Then just when the mackems think it can’t get any worse, here comes Steve Bruce…