Hull City owners comment on the future of their manager Grant McCann weeks after the Tigers suffered relegation back to League One.
McCann oversaw a run of 16 defeats, three draws and just one win in their final 20 matches of the season which saw the Tigers plummet from eighth on the 1st of January to bottom of the table.
They will be playing in the third tier of English football for the first time since the 2004–05 season.
The Hull boss has been given a vote of confidence from the club’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam, as mentioned in their statement: “Dear Supporters, I write to you as we find ourselves in unprecedented times. I hope this letter finds you and your families in good health and I would also like to thank you for your support during what is a tough time for all of us.
“After making a promising start to the 2019/20 season, which saw us in the mix for a play-off place, the turn of the year saw a stark turn in our fortunes. Off the pitch, we concluded transfer dealings which were financially very good for the Club but, on the flipside, a disastrous second half to the season led to a relegation fight which, despite the hard work from players and coaching staff, sadly ended in relegation to League One.
“Naturally emotions are running very high at the moment, which is to be expected. After all, sport is all about passion and emotion, and we must use the pain we all feel now as a positive, as we look to address the issues that led to our relegation.
“Across the Club, we have reflected on last season and, with some very hard lessons learned, the focus of everyone is on ensuring we give ourselves the very best chance to bounce back to the Championship at the very first opportunity.
“We understand the discontent at the moment. Last season was far from good enough and our fans and partners deserve better and we are all working hard to put things right. As a whole, we have been very proud of the on-field performances during our stewardship of the Club and it has always been our intention to give our fans performances to be proud of, and we will do so again.
“We firmly believe that Grant McCann is the man best placed to lead our fightback. Undoubtedly, we have struggled since the turn of the year and everyone at the Club shares the blame for that, myself included. Grant is an excellent, hungry young manager and is desperate to right the wrongs of last season and we are giving him our full backing to do that.
“We also believe the squad we have possesses the talent necessary to take the Club back into the Championship. Recruitment over the coming weeks will be crucial in supplementing that and giving Grant the tools he needs for a successful League One campaign. There is a lot of youthful promise in the playing group as it stands and one of our priorities in the transfer market is to add the experience and nous necessary to further develop that potential.
“Talk is cheap at the moment, but we will be using the disappointment we all suffered to spur us on as we look to deliver the actions that are now required – effective recruitment, a strong pre-season and an aggressive start to life in League One.
“We find ourselves in a difficult position and now, more than ever, we need unity. As players, coaching staff, owners and fans it is essential that we stick together. This great Club has suffered some very dark days in the past but managed to fight its way out of them and, by sticking together now, we can all play our part in getting Hull City back where we belong.”
— Hull City (@HullCity) August 5, 2020
The Allams Family were slammed after a controversial statement was posted on their website a month ago.
Incredibly, those at the top of the Championship strugglers don’t want negativity, but didn’t help themselves after banning journalists from a recent fixture.
Reporter, James Smailes, opened up on shocking events that went on as the media were building up for the huge league game against Charlton.
“We held discussions with Hull City and hoped to rectify the situation ahead of Saturday’s game, however at present there doesn’t appear to be a resolution. As expressed in our statement, it is not our job to be a cheerleader or PR arm of the club…
“We want Hull City to be a success and will continue to bring you the very best Hull City coverage regardless, hopefully reporting on the club maintaining their position in the Championship this season.”
After that, ex-Hull City player Dean Windass offered to manage the Championship strugglers for free having just watched his old side get thrashed 8-0 by Wigan Athletic.
He also accused the current group of players of chucking manager Grant McCann ‘under the bus’, as well as suggesting that they didn’t care about the club.
The Latics, who are administration, were seven goals up by half time in the league meeting, through Kal Naismith (1′), Kieffer Moore (27′), Kieran Dowell (32′), Jamal Lowe (37′), Kieffer Moore (40′), Kieran Dowell (43′) and Joe Williams (45′) before Kieran Dowell (65′) added an eighth mid-way through the second half.
“The players have got to take massive responsibility.” ✅
“They’ve chucked Grant McCann under the bus.” 👎
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 15, 2020
It could have been 10-0 had Naismith and Antonee Robinson not hit the woodwork in either half of the game.
This left club legend Dean Windass, who scored 64 goals in 205 games for the Tigers, furious, suggesting their was a lack of passion from the players.
“They’ve chucked McCann under the bus, in a sense,” he told White and Sawyer. “Because what do you say as a manager?
“You’re 1-0 down after, what, a minute? When I used to play football, I would train as though it were my last training session.
“And I would play football as if it were my last game.”
The astonishing result, which had the whole nation talking, was Wigan’s biggest league win, beating their 7-0 victory over Oxford United in 2017, but the result also became Hull’s joint-biggest league loss.
Windass unsure about who to blame for Hull’s downfall, he added: “Listen, you have got to blame the manager in a sense as well. I don’t want to see anybody get the sack.
“I don’t want to see anybody lose their job, but it has got to come down to the manager. He’s got to ask himself questions, he’s got to ask his staff questions.
“And at the end of the day, players have got to say ‘I have let you down’. Do they really care anymore?
“I don’t think they do.”
Windass said he was more than happy to put forward a solution to the club’s current plight.
“I tell you this now; I would do it for nothing mate! I would do it for nothing.
“They wouldn’t mess me about.”
You may not have known that Windass was previously managed of Northern Counties East League Division One side East Hull earlier this season, however he only lasted a few months before departing.
— East Hull F.C (@easthullfc) September 24, 2019
Dean Windass’s first match as East Hull manager ended in a 6-0 loss to Winterton Rangers, at that stage they lost all 11 league games & conceded 54 goals, before going on to win 0, draw 1 and lose 25 games, giving them just one point from 26 games. The season was abandoned.
After the Hull City owners comment on the future of their manager, fans gave their reaction to it…
“Grant McCann is the man to lead us back to the championship.”
6pts from the last 20 games!
You’re having a laugh Ehab.#hcafc
— geoff (@VictorMeldrew17) August 5, 2020
I’m pretty sure the only people that want to see Grant McCann continue as City head coach are Ehab and Grant himself.
— Bentos #AllamOut #McCannOut 🎗 (@SilentBentos) August 5, 2020
Grant McCann should have been sacked. The fact he is still in his position and being given full backing from the owners says it all. The bigger picture was always League One football. It’s so sad to see this club being destroyed because the owners didn’t get their name change.
— Jonathan Cook (@Jmcook1975) August 5, 2020
6 points out of a possible 60!!..definitely the man to get us back to the championship! 👍👍👏👏
— Richard (@Richard1975_) August 5, 2020
“Last season was far from good enough”
So here have a new contract.
— (R) (@HulliganZero) August 5, 2020
No way ffs. I was hoping for cowley
— 🟧⬛️Jacob🟧⬛️ (@JacobHullCity) August 5, 2020
League 2 here we go!! The allams will make sure of that!!! #allamsout
— Doug Westcott (@DougWestcott1) August 5, 2020
Rewarding failure 👍
— James Walker (@hallamwalker23) August 5, 2020
— Richard Bibby 🎗️ (@RichardBibby1) August 5, 2020
To be fair this is a very well written letter and comes across in a positive manner.
However, history dictates that we may not be able to believe a word of it.
— Jamie Turnbull (@ThatjamieT) August 5, 2020
That is 1 of the phrases that leapt out. 1 of our fellow relegated teams thrashed us recently & teams in league 1 will see a kitten not a Tiger. Need proven leadership, courage & heart through the spine of the team with a credible defence & goalscorers to help develop the kids
— David Stubbs (@DavidStubbs01) August 5, 2020
Who would have known, selling best players = demoralised club = relegation…
— Harry Sykes (@harrysykeshull) August 5, 2020
Lots to dissect in there but a few things jump out. Proud of performances under their stewardship. Have they not been paying attention for 4 years? McCann right person to lead us back. 6 points from 60, worst 20 game form EVER in championship….doesn’t sound right to me.
— Joe Williams 🎗 (@hotpantsswe6) August 5, 2020
I stopped reading as soon as you say Grant McCann is the right man to bring us back… I think what you mean to say there is that he is “still the cheapest manager available and is so grateful to have a job that he will never question my horrendous decisions”.
— James Murphy (Wear a Mask) (@AverageCynic) August 5, 2020
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… All I see is the word rhubarb. Drop the price, move on and do us all a favour.
— RÖß🎗️ (@TreLeoni) August 5, 2020