On Saturday, Hull City supporters plan a plot to kick balls into the KCOM stadium in protest of running their club.
Any fan whose shoe gets near the goal of the opposition will fare better than their team during Tuesday’s 8-0 humiliation at Wigan, the club’s worst defeat in 109 years and one that sparked another rebellion against the owners, the Allam. family.
The Hull Daily Mail – banned from home games due to ‘negative’ coverage but present in Wigan – wrote: ‘Hull City’s wrist is getting harder and harder to find during a catastrophic run-up to 2020, but this was the night when an aimless and ailing club finally flat. ‘
Hull City suffered the humiliation of an 8-0 defeat to Wigan in the championship on Tuesday
Wigan rebelled in the first half with seven goals, a collapse that was on the horizon for Hull
The defeat caused a new backlash for owner Assem Allam, who tried to change the club’s name
It leaves Grant McCann’s side 3 points of Championship Safety with two more games to play, the first being Luton’s massive visit – a place among them – this weekend.
But how did it get there? Hull was in the Premier League three seasons ago. They were in eighth place only on New Year’s Day. However, since then, one victory has been won in 18 games.
January’s sale of their top two players – Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki – is the most obvious reason for the subsequent crash, compounded by Captain Eric Lichaj and Vice Captain Jackson Irvine who failed to set conditions for continuing the lockdown.
Hull’s capitulation has accelerated since the restart with the club now three points away from safety
But their loss speaks of a much wider decline within the club, where hostility between owners and supporters has long been the norm after unsuccessful attempts to change the name to Hull Tigers and the removal of concessional tickets.
As a source near the club told us, “Wigan felt like a train that’s been off the rails for three years. Summer after summer there has been a downgrade with the team in terms of experience and talent.
There is no player over thirty and most are loan contracts and free transfers. The loss of those four players accelerated the decline and they are now in a downward spiral that they just can’t get out of.
“The owners have wanted to sell for about six years now, and until they do, there will always be a sense of conflict and disillusionment.”
Manager Grant McCann apologized after the defeat and is also pressured by fans
With the club on the verge of relegation from the Premier League in 2017, Sports email spoke to Geoff Bielby, president of the Hull City Supporters Trust.
At the time, he said, “The owners will cash in on our best players and they will be replaced by loneese and underpowered players.
“I’m afraid the parachute payments will not be invested in the squad or the club and we could have a situation where our assets are taken away. We could very well walk through the competitions. ‘
Bielby revisited his words this week, telling us, “The prophet of doom? I stepped down to be relegated to League One for a long time.
Hull was a Premier League party just three years ago and is now facing League One
‘The investments have been strategically withdrawn since 2017. Head coaches have run away, all referring to ambition. Not all of them can be wrong.
“But Wigan felt that the players had finally left us. It was a total capitulation, a lack of professionalism. ‘
62-year-old Bielby has a strained relationship with the owners after offering them ‘Allam Out’ scarves at a meeting of the supporters committee two years ago.
“It was a joke, we all laughed, we thought they thought of it as such,” he said. “But now they don’t participate, not that they ever really did.
“They pay lip service to any meaningful dialogue – they’re only concerned with monologues. You listen or you are gone, and I fell victim to that. ‘
Key Tigers players such as Jarrod Bowen were rounded up but were not replaced properly
Hull is said to be unsaleable at the asking price of £ 40 million, and while it is nowhere near a state of financial distress, a club shell remains. They don’t own the stadium, the training ground is small and simple, and all valuable play equipment is all gone.
“We’re at the top of financial management,” added Bielby, “but that doesn’t make you competitive on the field. You need ambition and football knowledge for that. ‘
And what about McCann, 40-year-old Ulsterman who said he was “so, so sorry” in Wigan’s wake, but refused to turn on his players?
Hull has two games to climb out of the relegation zone, with views of Luton Town and Cardiff City
As a source near the locker room said, “He needs the players in the next two games, so it was not the time to start playing in public.
“What happened on Tuesday surprised all of them. Don’t forget they beat Middlesbrough two weeks ago and gave West Brom a very good game.
“It may be that Wigan motivates them, they have to use it for that. Southampton lost 9-0 this season and came back from it. The manager still has the players on the side. ‘
However, McCann’s popularity among supporters has been a hit since January. They say it is difficult to heat, a bit too quiet. He has not rowed against the ban from the local newspaper and has now dropped out with the BBC man on the plaster.
Whether they are relegated or not, Hull faces huge problems, they have to turn around next season
But there is also sympathy, especially given the loss of influential players beyond his control.
Bielby says he is doing well with “his arms behind his back” and club legend Ian Ashbee blames the players for Tuesday’s surrender, trailing seven at half-time. At 3-0 down, captain Jordy de Wijs stood with his head bowed and hands on his hips.
“Too many of them are scaly, there are no leaders,” said the source close to the club. “The manager should have killed them after Wigan, he was too soft. You wouldn’t bet there would be any reaction against Luton. ‘
If not, League One beckons. “At the end, the club gets everything it deserves,” said Bielby, and he was right.