Steve Bruce has revealed himself to be one of three Premier League managers who supported Oldham Athletic over their failed Ched Evans deal.
Convicted rapist Evans saw a move to Boundary Park collapse this week as the League One club bowed to public pressure, with a future in professional football looking increasingly unlikely for the Welsh striker.
Oldham chairman Simon Corney claimed to have received support from three top-flight managers before the move fell through, but opted not to name the trio.
However, Hull City boss Bruce confirmed at a news conference on Friday that he spoke Corney.
"I've known Simon for a lot of years now," he said. "He'd looked at the case too. He was of the opinion to give the kid a chance.
"I can only say on behalf of myself - I know I might be upsetting people - but there is a question of the rape and how he's been convicted by a jury.
"When you look at the evidence, it is there for appeal."
And Bruce has backed Evans to make a return to football.
He added: "I'm a big believer that if you have done your time everyone deserves a second chance, we have seen footballers involved with accidents and being given a second chance.
"It's a very difficult situation for everyone concerned. It's a pity they could not have the appeal and get it over and done with.
"It has divided opinion of course and when you look at the case in detail and, I don't think most people have really, because they have just seen Ched Evans as a convicted rapist, when you do look at the case and look at the evidence then certainly Ched has got a case.
"For me the appeal can't come quick enough for Ched.
"It must be a frustrating and difficult time for him and I think the events of the appeal, for me, will see Ched be allowed to play football again."comments