No one likes to be negative about their football club especially when we have to write about it but there is no getting away from the current situation at Hull City.
The situation with the owners is one we can’t get away from and they are playing a large part in the current failures on the pitch through their lack of squad investment and asset stripping.
That has all been well documented by this fanzine so I am going to focus on the other factors that are contributing to City’s poor form. The simple facts are the squad has no backbone and is being led by a manager who is looking out of his depth. Add into that a couple of prima-donnas and you have a recipe for disaster.
It is becoming apparent that Leonid Slutsky is not the right man for the job. The former Russian boss came over to take over a club run by dictatorial owners at war with the fans and with only Roman Abramovich advising him he has plunged into the deep end of one of the toughest leagues in the world. It’s clear he wanted to try his hand at management in England, you could have picked an easier job Leonid. From the start he has been a likeable character. His efforts to learn the language made him immediately charming and likable (take not Fabio Capello and Walter Mazzari) and the fanbase really wanted him to succeed.
He has had a pretty impossible job from the start as his recruitment was basically limited to rejects like Seb Larsson and young kids on loan from his best mate Roman at Chelsea. Sure enough City got off to a rocky start but thanks to some good home performances and the emergence of young star Jarrod Bowen City appeared to be turning a corner especially when City recorded their first away win in 14 months at Barnsley.
Since then though the wheels appear to have well and truly fallen off and City are now nervously staring over their shoulders into the League 1 abyss. Slutsky has been pacing the touchline with his head down looking fairly clueless and that is extremely worrying. The Championship is an unforgiving league and it appears to be swallowing Slutsky right now. He is clinging to his job by his fingernails but even he has admitted he is not sure if staying on in the job is the right thing to do. What a mess.
There has been a common theme emerging in the defeats by Forest, Boro, Sheffield United and Bristol City and that is a distinct lack of backbone. The home defeats to Forest, Boro and Bristol City were extremely difficult to watch. Forest and Boro had it far too easy as they cut through City with ease and the defence is looking very shaky. A mixture of young lads being marshaled by Michael Dawson who suddenly appears to be showing his age and falling off a cliff. Their poor form continued against Bristol City as we squandered a two goal lead with the first two Bristol goals being very avoidable.
Things were looking positive at Bramall Lane with City taking the lead against high flying Sheffield United. Unfortunately as soon as Leon Clarke scored the first of his four second half goals in the 53rd minute there was only ever going to be one result. City completely imploded in a frankly shocking second half performance. The difference between the two teams and the two managers was clear for all to see and City didn’t have a clue at the back as the veteran Clarke helped himself to four goals. Then the exact same thing happened at the weekend against Bristol and it’s not good enough. They are two good teams I admit that but there is no excuse for schoolboy defending and the team hitting the self destruct button constantly. City could have been in the playoffs if they had enough defensive solidarity to hold onto a lead. That is the biggest issue and it needs addressing quickly.
City’s goal scorer at Brammall Lane was Kamil Grosicki and he is arguably City’s best player. The Polish international clearly believes he should be playing in the Premier League and has come across as somewhat of a Prima donna since the Sheffield United defeat. He has hit out at criticism of himself saying he can’t do it all by himself. He moaned that even when he scores people criticise him even though he has been called the best in the Championship on his day. Welcome to England Kamil anyone and everyone get criticised and in some games he simply hasn’t looked interested. You won’t get back to the Premier League with an attitude like that lad.
So there you have it my verdict on the factors contributing to City’s poor form. It’s depressing me to have to write this and if things don’t change soon the only way is down for City. Ah well the Allam’s and the Venky’s will be able to swap notes on shit ownership when they meet in League One.