Ahead of tonight’s game in Hull, I have again been speaking with Andy Dalton, editor of the award-winning Amber Nectar website and podcast. Obviously, there was rather more to mull over than footie alone…
So, last time we spoke (back in March) there was an awful lot of discontent among the Hull faithful with the owners. The Allams are still in situ. so things still the same? Anything changed for the better?
Andy: Things are as grim as ever. City are rooted in the bottom three with a poor manager, a poor squad and owners who veer between malice and negligence. The universally loathed owners remain in place and the club is up for sale, and there does seem to be interest, with a bid accepted – however, we’ve been here before and emerged with the detestable Allam family still in place and exerting their stranglehold on the club.
We really feel for you mate, genuinely. As I said last time we spoke, it’s scenarios like this that remind us how grateful we should be with owners who are also fans … even if we are skint.
Have the protests continued? Back in March, you had the tennis ball protests.
Protests have been placed on hold while the interested parties attempt to secure a takeover. It’s fair to say they’ll return if the club isn’t sold soon.
Makes sense… let’s hope for your sake that eventually one of these ‘interested parties” become rather more than just interested.
Suspect I know the answer, but has the boardroom nonsense affected stuff directly on the pitch?
Yep. Owners who don’t care about the fortunes of the club inevitably have a deleterious impact upon the on-field happenings. The whole club is rotting, with gates now into four-figures as the elimination of child/OAP/disabled concessions either drive away those affected, or cause fans to walk away in disgust at a club languishing in a moral sewer.
It’s rotten mate… have never been able to get my head round owners who appear to care not one jot for the well being of the club they own.
Thankfully you’ve managed to pin our nearest and dearest to the bottom of the league, but it’s not gone as you’d hoped. Had you predicted a season of struggle?
Most definitely. The bookmakers were kind enough to offer 6/1 on relegation before the World Cup started, which will at least pay for my season ticket in League One next season. It hasn’t gone as hoped but certainly has gone exactly as expected.
But can you still survive? Any chance of the squad being strengthened in January?
If the squad isn’t strengthened, our hopes of survival are fairly remote. Even with recruitment, it’s not much more than 50/50. Presumably, any new owners won’t want their new investment slipping into the third tier and would take steps to avoid that. There’s not much chance that the Allams will bother – they’ll simply collect the final Premier League parachute payment in January and leave the club to its fate.
So, who can hurt us tomorrow night? Chris Martin been any good?
Chris Martin is awful. He’s a greater threat to us than you. Our only threat has been Fraizer Campbell, and he’s gone and got himself suspended tomorrow night. So in all honesty, it’s hard to see how we’ll lay a glove on Norwich.
Honestly, mate – you said this last time and look what happened! We’re due a defeat, and these type of runs often end when you least expect them.
What have you made of our Germanic revolution?
Envious. Why can’t we have people in charge who know what they’re doing?
Finally, score prediction.
City hit the road again to face a side which is kindly keeping our neighbour’s company in the basement. At the moment, everything they touch turns to goals, but this is a banana-skin of a game, which is set to test City’s resolve and promotion credentials.
Penney predicts: We all know the proverbial bubble will burst but not tonight. 2-0 City.
Andy assumes: Hull minus Campbell, Norwich minus Leitner (probably). Trybull or Vrancic will be good replacements but the rhythm will suffer, probably so much that we’ll only score three. 3-1 win.
Gaz guesses: This run will end probably end when we least expect it, but Andy D has convinced me it won’t be tonight. Still a tricky one though minus Mo. 2-1 City.
Cookie concludes: In terms of expectations, I’m still lodged firmly between hope and belief and yet to experience genuine conviction. That said, I’ll offer up a 3-1 City win.
Stew suspects: We’ll be looking forward to this one more than Hull will. And with reason. 2-0 City.
The oppo’s opinion: Hull 0, Norwich 2
Siri says: The answer is Hull 0, Norwich 2