Efter krysset i veckomatchen mot Chelsea är det nu dags för oss att försöka ta årets första trepoängare, men vi kan vara säkra på att ett nytänt Hull City kommer att göra det till en tuff uppgift för oss. Våra motståndare har haft det kämpigt under större delen av säsongen, efter en överraskande stark start, men efter tränarbytet man nyligen genomförde har det börjat vända. Vi kontaktade supportergruppen Tigerlink(@HCAFCTigerlink) för att ta tempen på laget, det här är vad de hade att berätta:
1. Its been a while since we last met, tell us a bit about what has been going on at Hull?
Hull City is still in the hands of the now notorious Allam family and most fans fear they don’t act in the best interests of the Club or its supporters. 3 years ago the FA rejected their name change request and since then they have introduced a ridiculous membership scheme which withdrew concessions for juniors and pensioners. They refuse to speak to the Hull City Supporters Trust or liaise with fans groups and have assumed pantomime villain status in our city.
On the pitch, the players have always had the fans 100% behind them through thick and thin. After a promising start to our Premier League campaign, our owners dithered in appointing Mike Phelan as permanent manager. This lost us momentum at a vital time and he was never the same again. More recently the appointment of Portuguese manager Marco Silva has given the Club new hope and spirit. The ‘New Mourinho’ has made a promising start.
2. You have recently appointed a new manager, what are your first impressions on him?
Former Olympiakos Head Coach Marco Silva has quickly become popular. He is quietly efficient and has given the Club a massive boost. In terms of Premier League survival, he is playing ‘catch up’ but he’s got real charisma and may go to the top in his profession
3. Many people were surprised when you sold Robert Snodgrass, how did you react?
Fans were disappointed rather that suprised when Snodgrass left, though many felt we should have held out for £15 million rather than £10 million as the asking fee. He will be missed. But just how much he will be missed will be determined in the next few weeks
4. What else did happen at your club during the transfer window?
The transfer window saw a period of intense activity at Hull City. Defender Andrea Ranocchia was signed on loan from Inter Milan, Senegalese midfielder Alfred N’Diaye from Villarreal and Polish international winger Kamil Grosicki came in from Rennes. These late arrivals were in addition to Serbian Lazar Markovic loaned from Liverpool, Norwegian Omar Elabdellaoui loaned from Olympiakos, Brazilian Evandro signed from Porto and Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse loaned from Everton. Supporters obviously hope these new faces go some of the way to compensate for the departure of fans’ favourites Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore for large fees.
5. What do you need to change on the pitch to stay up?
If Hull City are to stay up they need to build on the excellent home form they have shown so far under Marco Silva. After 9 away defeats in a row a point at Old Trafford this week will do wonders for confidence. We must hope for more resilient away performances but it is at home where our fate will be decided. We need 5 wins at home at least. It’s a big ask
6. What are your thoughts on the fight for Champions League, do you think we will make it?
Liverpool have gone off the boil since you thrashed us at Anfield earlier this season. It was a bad January for the Reds but they will expect to win at Hull. Indeed, it’s important for you to string a few results together if you are to make the Champions League. We believe you will make it to the Champions League, but only just and even this may be dependent on the likes of Sturridge and Lallana getting goals
It looks like being a fascinating end to the season