Ligan fortsätter i helgen och för vår del väntar en hemmamatch mot Hull, en nykomling som tagit sig upp i högsta serien trots en strulig tid. En ägarkonflikt har gjort att klubben är allt annat än stadig just nu, men trots det har han gjort en stark inledning på säsongen och har bland annat slagit fjolårets ligamästare. För att få lite grepp om Hull kontaktade vi Tigerlink(@HCAFCTigerlink), de berättade både om allt strul som varit i klubben och hur de ser på framtiden.
1. Welcome back to Premier League! Tell us about your time in the Championship.
We were pleased to come back to the Premier League after just one season in the Championship. We took 104 years to get to the Premier League and the last 8 years has now seen 5 seasons in the top tier, an FA Cup Final and involvement in the Europa League. So this is by far the most successful time in our history
2. Can you tell us a bit about what is happening at your club, is it as chaotic as the media says?
Chaos off the pitch has spoiled this successful period. Our owners the Allam family don’t understand football and have no respect for football fans. They have upset many long term supporters so badly that thousands will not go to a game until the Allams leave
In 2013 The FA refused the Allams’ silly idea to change our name from Hull City AFC to Hull City. Since then our owners have behaved irresponsibly, refusing to communicate properly or involve fans in anything to do with the Club.
Their pride was hurt after the name change snub and have increasingly become impossible to work with. Steve Bruce tried very hard and had great success on the pitch but finally he simply could not work with the Allam family. Steve was a good well liked man who behaved with dignity and will always be a hero in Hull.
We are desperate for new owners and hope to have them by November when off pitch matters will hopefully stabilise.
3. How would you describe the way Hull plays nowadays? Strenghts/Weaknesses
Mike Phelan began the season with a more attacking style than Bruce. But it’s hard to say what our style will be, because we have six new signings who have only just started to be included in matches. After the 1-4 defeat to Arsenal, I imagine we will pack the midfield and be more cautious at Anfield. But assuming he gets the manager job, we will start to see the ’Mike Phelan style’ in the coming months
4. You´ve started the season well, how do you rate your chances of staying up?
We were unlucky to be relegated in 2014/15. The late surge of Leicester City sent us down. We have a decent squad this season and if we can stabilise the Club we may just stay up. Results against our immediate rivals will be crucial, we have to take points off Sunderland, Burnley, Stoke, Middlesborough, Swansea and West Brom for example
5. Who are your key players this season?
Robert Snodgrass will be a key player this season. He has started the season brilliantly and has a big influence on the side. We hope he can stay fit. Goals will be key and Abel Hernandez is our big hope, a classy player and clinical finisher on his day. At the back Curtis Davies has started the season very well
6. Are there any young players in your squad that you think will impress this season?
Look out for young Sam Lucas and full back Andy Robertson who are both fine young players. New signing Norweigan Markus Henrikson is a player we also have high hopes for.
7. What are your thoughts on Liverpool, where do you think we will finish this season?
Liverpool look impressive this season. If they can find consistency they could be title challengers. Jurgen Klopp has struggled at times but he seems to have brought back energy and enthusiasm and a style acceptable to the high standards expected by Reds supporters. There is perhaps still work to do defensively if Liverpool are to finish in the top 4 but they look very exciting in attack