So it seems we’re not a big enough publication to be invited to Hull City. To speak to the players directly or to be invited to press conferences is “too big” for us. If we want to cover Hull City then we’re going to have to pay miles out of our budget to attend the games (cheers Ehab for making it super-affordable… more on that later) and make do with mobile phone photography. So instead, we’re going to report everything Hull City as a fan, rather than as press.
Now, as we’re not in any form connected to Hull City (heck, they wouldn’t even return a single email to us), we feel a sense of freedom knowing they can’t say “no, you can’t come to press conferences any more” or try to bar us from reporting the state of things at the club. We certainly hope new ownership in the near future (please…) will allow us a more direct form of reporting the team, and we would welcome the opportunity with open arms, however we’re not holding our collective breaths.
What does this mean? Well no sugar-coated reporting to try and keep in the good books for one.
Enough about the current situation with Hull.Today, onto our first look at the Hull City: The State Of Play.
Firstly we have to mention the ongoing saga regarding the Allams. While we wholeheartedly thank the Allams for saving the club from potential death, we have to focus on the here and now. In interviews Ehab admitted that the relationship with the fans is irreparable now, and we completely agree. Whilst we understand that an owner will want to do things their way, the persistent nature of ignoring the fans entirely, not even asking their opinion (except in polls weighted in their favour), has done nothing to help their cause.
We can understand wanting to change certain aspects of the team, but to go as far as to try to change the name of a club with over 100 years of history? We have to dissect the reason for it slightly; Ehab claims it will help improve sponsorship. It’s understandable to want to bring in extra money into the club through larger sponsorships, but to risk the relationship you’ve built with the fans up until then on something so important to them? It’s bewildering.
Everybody wants to watch their favourite team. There’s no doubting that. The idea of the Membership Scheme was to reduce prices of tickets and make it an affordable monthly payment rather than a large up-front fee. This change would naturally give the club a more steady and even income, rather than bulk payments at the start of the season (and mid-season for half-season pass purchases). While this idea is excellent, the execution of it was poor. Not only did the change mean that concessions were removed, it also meant that, on average, fans would end up paying much more than they would have before the change.
“We’re Not A Selling Club”
Since the time he uttered the phrase he probably regrets more than anything he has said in the past few years we have managed to sell our top scorer, two of our biggest prospects in defence, and not offered one of our most loyal players a new contract. That’s not including the (likely) sale of Eldin Jakupovic, a fan favourite, for a minuscule £2m.
Who have we sold so far?
- Harry Maguire – £15m – Destined for great things. Probably would have stayed if we managed to stay up. Cannot be blamed for leaving. With the current economy of the Premier League we should have possibly got closer to £20m.
- Curtis Davies – £naff all – A shock departure. Why place a buy-out clause in his contract when he’s worth much more?
- Tom Huddlestone – £2m – Sold because we, as usual, weren’t pro-active in renewing contracts. Possibly the best passer we’ve had. Sold for £3m less than we paid.
- Josh Tymon – £0 – Played against the cream of the crop in the English league on a Scholarship Contract. Likely would have stayed for the long-haul if offered a contract a few months back.
Now let’s take a look at who we’ve signed so far (spoiler alert: it’s not a long list):
- Ola Aina – Loan – Hot prospect player, tipped for great things. Only 5 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions. Hopefully a risk that pays off.
So far the profit from the transfer window is around £17.5m (estimate). But remember: “we’re not a selling club”.
Next time on….
That’s it for this time, please do share your thoughts on the Twitter and Facebook pages. Please make them funny, we need cheering as Hull fans now more than ever.