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Are Hull City capable of making an immediate return to the Premier League next season?

Martyn Cooke

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Relegation from the Premier League means that Hull City will face an uncertain future both on and off the pitch over the summer. Whilst the club will be boosted by a £47,000,000 parachute payment the impending departure of Marco Silva and a host of players at the end of the campaign means that an instant return to the top flight next season is looking increasingly unlikely.

Where did it all go wrong?

It has been a chaotic twelve months for Hull City with uncertainty off the field and a lack of investment in the playing squad coinciding with poor displays on the pitch. After guiding the club to promotion Steve Bruce resigned prior to the start of the season due to a lack of investment during the summer and his replacement, Mike Phelan, did not last until the end of the year before being sacked.

There were protests against the ownership, disharmony amongst supporters, dropping attendances, and a group of players that demonstrated a complete inability to pick up positive results. However, the arrival of Marco Silva in the New Year did provide some hope, briefly, although the task that he was handed was ultimately an impossible one to achieve with relegation inevitably being confirmed by a heavy defeat to Crystal Palace.

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Is their squad capable of securing promotion next season?

No.

A lack of investment in the playing squad was one of the primary reasons why Steve Bruce resigned prior to the season starting and this ultimately left Hull City with a team short on quality and lacking strength in depth. Whilst Marco Silva was allowed to bring in an influx of new signings during the January transfer window five of these were on loan and none of those are expected to remain beyond the end of the current campaign.

The summer will also likely see The Tigers lose their star players as Premier League clubs look to cherry pick from their relegated opponents. In January Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore departed for West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion respectively and you would expect Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson and Sam Clucas to follow them through the exit door at the end of the season.

This would leave any prospective manager with a skeletal squad that requires major rebuilding – a second consecutive relegation looks more likely than an immediate return to the top flight for Hull.

Who will be in charge?

Hull City may have suffered relegation but Marco Silva will end the season with his reputation significantly enhanced. The Portuguese coach continued his impressive record from stints working on the continent and picked up 21 points from 17 games in charge – to put that into context, if the season had started on the day that Silva took charge of The Tigers then the club would have comfortably finished mid-table.

He has proven himself more than capable of operating in the Premier League and there will be a host of clubs interested in acquiring his services when his contract expires at the end of the campaign. There is an option for the 39-year-old to extend his current deal for a further twelve months but it would be highly unlikely for the Portuguese maestro to remain at the club.

The issue for Hull is that the uncertainty and controversy surrounding the ownership of the club does not make them an appealing proposition for any prospective managers seeking employment.

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Conclusion

The issues off the pitch at the KCOM Stadium have clearly had a detrimental effect on performances and results on it over the course of the season.

The chaotic nature of their campaign, exemplified by the fact that they have employed three managers in nine months, means that relegation comes as little surprise and the mini-rival overseen by Marco Silva only papers over the chasms in the foundations of the club. Unfortunately the uncertainty surrounding the ownership is likely to continue over the summer which makes it highly unlikely that The Tigers will be able to challenge for promotion next term.

Marco Silva is unlikely to stay and any prospective new manager will be left with a skeletal squad and facing a major task to build a team capable of competing in The Championship. A half-a-dozen players will depart Hull when their loan deals expire at the end of the season, their prize assets will be cherry-picked by Premier League clubs, and there is no guarantee that the owner will be willing to invest in the playing squad.

There is an awful lot of work to be done over the summer and you question whether there is enough unity, investment and quality around the club to build and instigate a successful promotion campaign.

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Martyn is currently a PTA and Research Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). In addition to his teaching role he is also undertaking a PhD in Sports History that is exploring the origins and development of football in Staffordshire. Prior to working at MMU, Martyn spent a decade operating in the sport and leisure industry in a variety of roles including as a Sports Development Officers, PE Teacher, Football Coach and Operation Manager.

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Jack Colback linked to Sunderland and Hull City – what would he add?

Jake Jackman

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Colback

Jack Colback is available to leave Newcastle United on transfer deadline day and there is a lot of interest from the Championship. Rafa Benitez is keen to trim the wage bill and the midfielder will be one that he hopes to see leave St James’ Park on deadline day. Lee Ryder from the Chronicle tweeted that a deal couldn’t be reached with Wolves, but Hull City were still interested in the 27-year-old. Sunderland have also been linked.

It would be a remarkable move if he was to move back to Sunderland. There was a lot of bad blood when he moved to Newcastle and it would be difficult to see the supporters getting behind him again. The problem for Championship clubs is that Colback has high wages. They would need the Magpies to pay a significant portion of those to make a move possible. His options have been narrowed by his preference to stay in the north and it will be interesting to see if a destination can be found for him before the deadline.

What would he add?

The midfielder has lots of Premier League experience and would be a good addition to most squads in the Championship. He played an important role for Newcastle last season as they achieved promotion, which means he knows how to succeed in the division. The 27-year-old has high work rate and is a determined player in the middle of the park, who provides good protection for the back four. Last season, he averaged 3.4 ball recoveries per game and didn’t back away from the battle in the second tier.

Colback was once a good box-to-box midfielder, who could contribute in both halves of the pitch. His energy is a real asset that allows him to get up and down the pitch, but he has lost confidence in his attacking attributes. Last season, he didn’t score and only contributed one assist. Considering he played regularly in a team that won the division, this is a disappointment. It could be that he was held back by the role he was asked to play. A fresh start could be exactly what he needs to get back to his best.

Is a move likely?

It seems like Colback doesn’t have a future at Newcastle and they will be keen to offload him in whatever way they can. A loan deal looks likely, but it would be a surprise if he was to join Sunderland. It would be a risky move from them and one that would upset the supporters. They surely won’t take that gamble. Hull City need more players and the midfielder would be a good replacement for Sam Clucas.

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A loan move to the Championship is likely. It would be a surprise if he joined Sunderland, with Hull City being the more likely destination of the two.
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How Twitter reacted to Swansea City signing Sam Clucas from Hull City

Jake Jackman

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Clucas

Swansea City have completed the signing of Sam Clucas from Hull City. Sky Sports report that the deal could be worth up to £16.5 million and that the player joins on a four-year contract. Burnley had previously had a bid turned down for the midfielder, which shows that there was other interest for the Swans to overcome.

The versatile player did well during his one season in the Premier League and proved that he was good enough for this level. He featured in all but one of Hull’s matches and was one of their better performers during the campaign. Clucas will be a good option to have in the Swansea squad as he can play a number of positions including central midfield and left wing. The following quotes from the 26-year-old were posted on the club’s website.

“I’ve seen a lot of Swansea and one of the main reasons I decided to come here was because of the way they play football. I think it suits me.”

“I had a bitter sweet season last year with relegation. Because of my playing background, I never thought I would play in the Premier League so I relished every game I played. From the first time I kicked a ball in the Premier League it was a dream come true.”

The appeal of the Premier League was huge and Clucas was keen to remain in the league after a strong showing last season. Swansea have been known as a team that plays a good style and that makes them an attractive club to join. After selling Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was important to sign some new players and the midfielder arrives to help replace the Icelandic international. He is a different type of player, but he provides an option in the middle of the park and should prove to be a good addition.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

The reaction from the Swansea fans was mixed:

Hull City fans wished him well, but felt the club got a good deal:

Although not all were sad to see him go:

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Could Burnley sign Hull City’s Sam Clucas during this transfer window?

Jake Jackman

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Clucas

Burnley have had a £10 million bid turned down for Sam Clucas by Hull City, according to Sky Sports. The Clarets have a long-standing interest in the player and had an initial offer rejected last week. The Tigers are keen to keep him at the club after losing several key players during the summer transfer window. However, the midfielder is keen on a return to the Premier League. He signed a new three-year contract at the KCOM Stadium last season and that has given his current club a strong negotiating position.

During the first two matches of the season, Clucas has played a big role for Hull and he could prove to be an important player for them as they attempt to bounce back at the first attempt. They won’t want to sell the midfielder, but if a bigger offer is submitted, it could be difficult for the club to turn down. They are a recently relegated club and the Assam family have already shown that they put finances above the needs of the team.

What would Clucas bring to Turf Moor?

Burnley started the season with a win and their team is certainly greater than the sum of its parts. Sean Dyche has shown himself to be very good at getting the best of his players. They will never play teams of the park, but they are disciplined and work hard for their manager. Clucas would fit into that nicely and add a touch of class to their midfield. He showed himself to be a good Premier League player for Hull and that is why he is keen to return to the top flight.

His versatility is appealing for Burnley as he would add competition across the pitch. Clucas is capable of playing as a central midfielder, left-back or left winger. The Hull player is adaptable and would be capable of carrying out a number of different roles in the team, depending on what was required for a particular match. Dyche already has a number of good midfield options, but the 26-year-old would be a decent signing if they can agree a fee for him.

How likely is a transfer?

Hull City have shown themselves to be a selling club during recent seasons, therefore it wouldn’t be a surprise if they did agree to sell Clucas to Burnley. He is one of their prized assets now and the Assam family could decide it is worth cashing in this window. The player wants a move and that always increases the likelihood of a deal going through. The 26-year-old did enough last season to earn a Premier League move. It has been a surprise that there isn’t more interest in him, but the Clarets would be a good fit.

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There is a good chance Hull decide to sell, but Burnley will have to increase their bid.
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