Q&A With Hull City

  • August 25, 2017 | By Gabe John
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Bolton travel to Hull City on Friday, for a Championship clash which brings together two clubs suffering from the decisions of 'stubborn owners'.

Those are the views of Tigers supporter Muhammad Umer Khan (@umer_hull), who spoke to us ahead of Wanderers' Sky Bet Championship visit to the KCOM Stadium.

In the following Q&A interview, Muhammad shares his views on the ongoing issues behind the scenes at both clubs, Gary Madine's importance to the Trotters, as well as the managerial abilities of Phil Parkinson, who once endured a miserable time in charge at Hull.

Q: It's been a sloppy start for Hull - with one win, one draw and two defeats so far. A bright start, picking up a point away from home at promotion favourites Aston Villa and a comfortable victory against relegation tipped Burton Albion, followed by defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers. What is the general feeling amongst supporters about the Tigers' opening weeks of the campaign?

A: Our start to the season was quite good, drawing away to a strong Villa side and then winning comfortably a home to Burton. But losing at home to Wolves and then away at QPR, and also losing key player Abel Hernandez for six months.

Everyone wants to see some money being spent, as we have sold almost all of our first-team squad and haven't spent much.

As a relegated side, we want to bounce straight back up but if we don't spend we will be probably end up in mid-table or possibly a relegation battle.

Q: Leonid Slutsky is the new man in charge at the KCOM Stadium, despite the fact he has no Championship experience. Credibly, would an immediate bounce back to the Premier League be a realistic expectation for Hull City fans this year?

A: Leonid's appointment was somewhat of a surprise, as well as a big statement with what he has achieved at CSKA Moscow and with the Russian national team.

He is a jolly character and someone who loves to get involved with the supporters. The fans love him and if he is properly backed in the transfer market I am sure we will be right up there fighting to get promoted.

Q: Both clubs seem to have ongoing financial and ownership problems. What do you make of the off-field troubles here at Macron Stadium and are they somewhat similar to the problems lurking at the KCOM Stadium?

A: No one wants to see a club suffer financially and at the moment seeing what Bolton are going through really breaks my heart.

The situation of both clubs are in some way similar. Both have been run poorly by stubborn owners who don't care about the emotional attachment of supporters. I just hope and pray that it works out in the end for both.

Q: Under a transfer embargo and a squad limit of 23, Phil Parkinson has worked wonders under extreme circumstances. What are your thoughts on the job he's done so far and, especially with the bigger clubs, how they can effectively compete whilst staying financially sustainable?

A: I have been a big fan of Phil since his Bradford days. He was once a manager of Hull City as well but it didn't work out. Seeing him doing a wonderful job at Bolton makes me happy.

It's hard competing against the big teams and with the amount of money being spent, the likes of Middlesbrough and Wolves are trying to buy their way out of the league.

The only way I can see is some loan signings and a few free agents. They usually do help the club and make them competitive enough. There are always some hidden gems available on the cheap from the lower leagues who are ready to prove themselves higher up.

Q: Taking a look forward to Friday, in both current Bolton and Hull squads respectively, which players stand out as the biggest threat for each team?

A: I really like Gary Madine. I am fan of his but hope we can keep him quiet this Friday.

For Hull City, I will go for Kamil Grosicki. He is the real deal - always a threat going forward and can hurt any defence with the pace he's got.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Friday's game?

A: It will be a close contest. Bolton's confidence will be high after defeating Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, so I expect them to be up for it.

I am going for a 1-1 draw.

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