Hull City in turmoil- What manager is needed?
Posted by Daniele Accurso | Published on July 24, 2016
After just achieving promotion to the promised land following one season out in the Championship, Hull City fans had reason to be optimistic. Under Steve Bruce Hull reached the FA cup final in 2014, had European football at the KC stadium and had just won the playoff final in 2016. Bruce was rapidly becoming a Hull City legend and there was good reason to be adored by the fans. Now back in the Premiership, most fans couldn’t have waited for the new campaign to start. But oh how quickly things can change in the beautiful game!
Preparation for the new season wasn’t going smoothly for the manager. Talks of a new owner at the KC brought Bruce’s future into doubt, with rumours flying around that a new manager would be hired with Bruce heading out the door. Speaking in June Bruce said, “I really don’t know that. I’m quietly confident,” in regards to him keeping his position as manager. However the foundations were being built for a nervous time at the club and the cracks were about to show.
With Hodgson’s England bowing out of the competition, shamefully against minnows Iceland, the FA’s hunt for a new manager, preferably English, began. With favourite Gareth Southgate refusing the role, the experienced heads of Allardyce and Bruce were being tipped for the job. After both having talks with the FA, it was the ex; Bolton, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland man who got the job over Steve Bruce. With Bruce being shunned over the England job, he may’ve thought he needed a “bigger” club to propel him into the limelight for future vacancies. His rejection over the job with rumours of new ownership played its part in him resigning.
Things are only getting worse for the Yorkshire club. Captain and ex England international Michael Dawson sustained an injury during the club’s pre-season friendly victory over Mansfield on Tuesday night. His injury adds to the growing list at the club, now leaving them with only 13 fit players with less than a month to go until the start of the new season. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor was ruled out for four months earlier this month, whilst Steve’s son, Alex, picked up an achilles injury ruling him out till January 2017. Highly experienced and technically gifted midfield maestro’s Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are also injured; Tom till late June 2016 whilst Livermore is out for the whole season. Striker Adama Diomande who netted 3 times in 11 games last season is injured and expected back in late June 2016. With key players missing most of pre-season thus lacking match sharpness, it could be a testing opening few games of the season which the new manager will have to deal with. Free transfers and the loan market will have to be exploited wisely so expect a “wheeler dealer” type manager to come in to bolster this injury hit squad.
On that note, the managers linked with the job so far don’t fill me with confidence that they’ll steady this ailing team. Ryan Giggs, out of a job after not accepting a role on Jose’s backroom staff, is the favourite for the job whilst another ex Utd assistant, Mike Phelan is the bookies second favourite. Steve McClaren, who spent £80 million at Newcastle but managed to get them ultimately relegated, is third favourite which conveys what trouble Hull may find themselves in. A quirky but not so mad appointment, as some are making out, would be Neil Warnock. After guiding Rotherham to a great escape and a comfortable position last season in the Championship, Warnock’s know how in the market could be just what hull need to survive this season. With signings needed immediately and a gritty, grinding out results tactician wanted to survive the battle against the drop, Giggs being appointed would be a strange one. On the other hand, having seen Sir Alex, Moyes and Louis Van Gaal manage and learnt from them, Giggs may be able to play stylish football which could inspire the players and get results, similar to Brendan Rodgers with Swansea in their first season a few years back.
At the moment though, it seems that Hull City are in turmoil with no manager and only 13 fit players. Their opening game against reigning champions Leicester City seems almost irrelevant now. What should have been a summer of happiness for Hull fans has turned into a nightmare, with many wishing to wake up from this bad dream as soon as possible.