Any relegation is a daunting prospect for a football team. At this moment it’s something Hull City fans have to consider as a serious prospect. A win in the FA Cup is brief respite from the stark realities of the Championship basement battle. Should the unthinkable happen, the Tigers would be in a perilous position and more so than many other clubs.
Consider the variables that place a huge stranglehold on the club now. As many as 10 players are coming off contact in the summer. Should City go down in May, how can it be expected that established players such as David Meyler and Michael Dawson stay with no idea of what direction the club is heading in?
Using a basic analogy; if you had any idea your job was tied to a sinking ship of a firm, would you have any intention of staying there? Not a chance and you wouldn’t blame all 10 of those players if they did move on. Having already lost a host of quality personnel in the wake of relegation from the Premier League, another exodus would inevitably lead to further decline on the pitch.
Then consider the recruitment drive, or blatant lack of one that would occur from the Allams in League One. Given the half-baked spending sprees in both transfer windows during City’s Premier League season as well as Leonid Slutsky’s ill-fated campaign drive last August, you have to feel for Nigel Adkins and what kind of transfer kitty he would be given. Let’s face it, while an overhaul of the squad isn’t ideal, it would definitely occur if the Tigers dropped down another tier in the Football League. If Adkins wasn’t given the required finances, then the quality players wouldn’t arrive. Simply put; the spiral would continue at a quicker rate.
Some loyal fans might suggest I’m being a tad melodramatic but you only have to look at what the Venkys have done to Blackburn, as well as the succession of mismanagement at Portsmouth in the last decade. Once competitive Premier League clubs have been reduced to also-rans. When the parachute payments start to dwindle, as City’s will and the attendances start to fall then you can see how this decline becomes a terminal one.
Added to all this is the fact that the Allams themselves have become the biggest hindrance to progression. Yet on the flipside, at this moment, it is only them that can resolve this messy affair. Looking even further afield, should the unthinkable happen and a new buyer be found, are Hull City an attractive proposition? Let’s hope Adkins works his magic and staves off this pessimistic prediction. This might lead to new ownership and crucially breathe new life into a once vibrant club.