Hull City are a club in turmoil ahead of the new Premier League campaign as they are poised to enter the season without a full-time manager in place. Steve Bruce guided the Tigers back to the top flight through the Championship playoffs, with the club defeating Sheffield Wednesday in the final at Wembley. However, after failing to land the England manager’s position, the 55-year-old opted to leave Hull by mutual consent, ending his three-year tenure at the KC Stadium.
The team’s owners began a desperate scramble to hire a replacement, but have been unsuccessful thus far, mainly due to FA Wales blocking their approaches for Chris Coleman. As a result, Hull will enter the new campaign with former Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan in the dugout, with the strong possibility of him taking the role on a full-time basis. If oyu think you know who the next Hull Manager might be then check out this football betting site first
The turmoil at the KC Stadium has left the club unable to bring new faces into the team, while a key player in their surge for promotion, Mohamed Diame, has already left to join Newcastle United.Therefore the Tigers face an uphill battle to remain in the division, with the latest Premier League betting odds backing them at 8/13 to be relegated.
If the failure to bolster their squad and the departure of Diame was not enough for Phelan and company to deal with, Hull also have to deal with injuries to key players. Moses Odubajo, Michael Dawson and Allan McGregor will miss large portions of the campaign after suffering serious problems during pre-season, leaving Phelan incredibly short of options ahead of his side’s opener against Leicester City.
Hull’s remaining players are the remnants of the squad that was relegated from the Premier League in the 2014/15 season, with the exception of Sam Clucas and Shaun Maloney who joined them for their promotion push in the second tier. Much will therefore be expected of striker Abel Hernandez after his impressive term in the Championship. The 26-year-old struggled in his first season in England following his £10m move from Palermo, scoring only four goals in 26 appearances. However, he found his feet in the second tier, notching 20 strikes in the Tigers’ fourth-place finish. Therefore it’s imperative for him to rise to the occasion second time around in the top flight for his side to have any hope of remaining in the division.
Experience will be vital in keeping the club afloat, and in the absence of injured skipper Dawson, eyes will turn to Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone for strong leadership on the pitch. Both players have ample playing time in the top flight, and although their best days are probably behind them, they will have to raise the spirit of the team as well as the standard of the players around them.
The challenge of remaining in the Premier League would have been a tough task for Hull even with a plethora of new players, but without quality additions and an experienced manager the Tigers appear to be doomed for another relegation.