Hull City: Potential ins and outs - summer 2015

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Survival Sunday turned out to be a disaster for Hull City who were relegated from the Premier League as they couldn't beat Manchester United when they needed to win to stand any chance of staying in the top flight, whilst their rivals, Newcastle United, stormed to a 2-0 victory against West Ham United.

Now, is the calm after the storm.

Steve Bruce faces the task of organising his side ahead of life in the Sky Bet Championship.With many players wanting out, who will really stay at the KC Stadium?

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The hunt for a goalkeeper may well be on for Brucie and his scouting staff. I thought Steve Harper may fork out another season in his elongating career, but I don't think he'd want to get soil in his boots in a lower league, and so could hang up his gloves.

Meanwhile, Allan McGregor was slammed for several mistakes made this season, but I think he deserves to be playing at a better side than a Championship club. The Scotsman will certainly have a sweet tooth for Premier League football again. Alternatively, he could look abroad, which is where he departed from to join the Tigers.


Michael Dawson was in tears after the full-time whistle on Sunday and that shows how passionate he is about the club. Speaking to Sky Sports, he explained "I said when I signed for the club that I would give everything and I will keep doing that." That could be a key indication to where his future lies.

In contrast, James Chester is yet to comment on where he will be playing his trade next season after arguably his best season yet, whilst Paul McShane's emotional tweet subsequent to the game can be perceived as a goodbye message.

Andy Robertson, who Hull signed last summer, has been a thrilling talent to watch all season. Because of his young age, the Tigers may just be fortunate to keep him, but I can see the youngster at one of the big clubs in the near future.

Defenders lower in the ranks such as Curtis Davies, Alex Bruce, Brian Lenihan and Liam Rosenior are key players to hold onto for next season.


This is where it becomes interesting. There are so many talking points in the midfield at Hull in terms of who is staying and who is leaving.

First and foremost is Jake Livermore, who I would not expect to play for the club again after his moronic actions involving cocaine let the side down in such a desperate situation.

Tom Huddlestone is the likeliest candidate to leave East Yorkshire. He's a big time Charlie with so much to show off. The question is, after his worst season to date, who is going to want to take him?

Mo Diame and Robert Snodgrass have endured painstakingly long injuries that have had a lasting effect on the side. In my opinion, they owe it to Hull to remain at the KC for just one more season at least to prove themselves, despite both being worthy Premier League stars.

Steve Bruce's best transfer ever was taking Stephen Quinn from Sheffield United for £50,000. Talk about a bargain, or what? After showcasing his slick skills in the big time over the previous two years, he could be worth a strong £6 million now. Despite that tantalising price tag, it is essential for the Tigers to hold onto the Irish midfielder because he will be one of their best (if not, the best) players in the Championship.

Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elmohamady are both causing interest from various Premier League sides now that Hull have dropped a division. It goes without saying that these shouldn't be sold because of their value to the club, but I would understand if they left.

David Meyler has had his fair share of ups and downs this year. For me, the Irish midfielder belongs in the Championship, but at one of the best teams. There is something about him that doesn't quite make him the perfect fit for the top flight, and that's why I think he'll be sticking around.

I remember when Hull were previously in the Championship and Sone Aluko was running every team ragged. He's going to do the same in the 2015/16 season because of his speed and agility. With him in the team, City can stake a claim to win the league.


It looks as though three strikers are going to be on Steve Bruce's summer shopping list after Nikica Jelavic, Abel Hernandez and Dame N'Doye all confirmed that they would be leaving the club, according to BBC Radio Humberside commentator, David Burns.

I can understand why they all want to leave, and that's because the Championship isn't the most appealing league in the world.

However, it could be good riddance for the Tigers after they failed to score in 17 of their 38 games this season. Maybe they do need to freshen things up at the top of the field.


Tom Ince admitted in April that he would stay at the club, should they be relegated from the Premier League whilst defender, Harry Maguire should stay put after returning from a loan move to Wigan Athletic for the latter stages of the season.

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