Hull City review
Skysports.com casts an analytical eye over Hull City's 2009/10 season.
Last Updated: 13/05/10 12:44pm
What Went Right?
Well, if you believe Adam Pearson, getting rid of Paul Duffen was the best thing to happen to Hull in some years. And that includes promotion to the Premier League. Beyond that...erm...well, Phil Brown saved that woman from jumping off the Humber Bridge. Possibly. And Brown himself did quieten down for a while after they beat Stoke and Everton in November.
What Went Wrong?
Obviously, the troubling thought for most Hull supporters is that relegation could be the least of their worries. Quite apart from the £35million debt, Pearson recently revealed that none of the club's top earners (and therefore the ones that are causing the most financial problems) have relegation clauses in their contract, so it's easy to see why he was quite so annoyed with Duffen's somewhat-cavalier stewardship. That means they could be paying Jimmy Bullard £45,000 a week in the Championship. Wonder if Andrew Andronikou has any plans when he's done at Portsmouth...
Are They Happy?
No. And even greater unhappiness may be on the horizon.
Signing of the season
Jozy Altidore. The American came good in the second half of the season. He is a willing runner, powerful and held up play well. Sure, he managed just one league goal all campaign, but his team play was impressive for a 20-year-old brought to the club on loan.
Flop of the season
Peter Halmosi. Arrived at the club in 2008 and still struggling to make an impact. He made zero league appearances this campaign and joined Szombathelyi Haladas (us neither) on loan in January. Hull have yet to see any return on the £2million spent on the winger. Amr Zaki's impact is also questionable.
Stephen Hunt. Not the most likeable of chaps with his aggressive attitude, but nonetheless he was effective for the Tigers this season. He managed a decent return of six league goals and is surely likely to remain in the Premier League for next season.
Jimmy Bullard - because when he did play, he impressed. And his return from injury made him almost feel like a new addition, while it boosted the team no end. He scored four league goals in 15 league appearances.
Um, holding Chelsea maybe? And their home form was not actually too bad. Slim pickings for this section, if truth be told.
The revelation that their finances are a wreck. The repercussions of spending so big are likely to tell this summer.