It has become almost instinctive amongst City fans of late to herald any change at boardroom level with either cynicism or fear. After years of grappling with gray accountants, homosexual tennis players and thieving Sheffield fuckwits, we have naturally become sceptical of anyone sporting pinstripes and drooling diarrhoea about five-year plans.
This time, though, I was more fearful than normal. The administrators were using the usual sales spiel, “top ten city”, “massive potential” etc., which is guaranteed to attract the most self-serving gobshites in the country. To cap it all off, the fatso at the Hull Daily Mail led us to believe that our prospective buyers were Americans. The South Yorkshire numbskulls were, in my opinion, complete bastards on every level. But Americans?!!
My initial fears were somewhat allayed, however, when the identity of the new owner was finally revealed. Firstly, Adam Pearson spoke with a flat northern English accent and not a Texan drawl, which was a good first sign.
When it was discovered what Mr. Pearson’s business background was, and what his plans were for the club, I was doubly impressed. In fact, I haven’t been this excited to be a City fan since Christopher ‘the debonair’ Needler sold up to David Lloyd (I know, but trust me on this one!).
Adam Pearson is of the kind we’ve sorely lacked at this club for too long – someone who can blend his football and business together and get results. In his relatively short spell at Leeds, Pearson was the man who took Leeds from a nicely ticking over football club to the sixth biggest earner in Europe. This feat is made even more remarkable when you consider that as a football team, Leeds are an incredibly overrated bunch of fuckwits who spend more time beating up ethnics than they do collecting trophies. Pearson also possesses the attribute most required of football chairmen, namely the ability to generate money from outside sources, and I’m not talking Chinese restaurants here.
Pearson’s career has been built on making cash for businesses via sponsorship deals, outside investment etc. Where Nick Buchanan’s idea of keeping the club running smoothly was to borrow money from the players union, Pearson can generate cash for the club without the danger of a transfer embargo, and presumably without putting his own money into the club as well.
To be able to take a few quid from avaricious suited and booted types without having to pay it back is an art in itself. Also, Pearson has made no rash promises so far. All the noises made were good ones, such as Brian Little will remain as manager, we shall move to the ‘super’ stadium when it is completed in 2072, Brian will be given a ‘limited’ amount of cash in the summer and, most importantly, the club will finally stand on its own financial feet in the next fourteen months or so. This is much more important than promises of Premiership football within five years, or playing on the moon.
Hull City haven’t been financially stable for over a decade. The thought that we’ll be paying our own bills in such a relatively short time is worth a lot more than how big the chairman’s bank balance is, even though money is an important factor in the modern game. To get out of this division you don’t need big money, you just need to have everyone within the club pulling in the same direction, for proof of this just look at the Scunny-lingus, who managed to get out of the dung heap affectionately known as ‘Nationwide Division Three’ with an idiotic manager who pissed his pants during a cup final and no major cash investment from the board.
The likes of Stockport and Grimsby survive in Division One without megabucks, having to get by on boardroom cohesion and team spirit. This may appear unlikely to happen to Hull City at the present time, but strange things happen in football. Bradford City are in the Premiership, for a start. And Terry Dolan’s got a job. Doesn’t seem so unlikely now, does it?
In football, history can often repeat itself, for instance Carlisle will stay up (at the expense of York), Man United will win the league, and Brian Laws will throw a tantrum when City beat them. Similarly, City could well repeat the events that occurred during the 1980’s, with Don Robinson in charge. Just like now, Robinson bought the club as it was going through one of its darkest periods. Robinson’s City climbed from a similar position to where we are now to what should have been an old Second Division play off place. Robinson was similar to Pearson in his ability to make the club profitable without splashing out millions he doesn’t have, and was a master at boosting the club’s profile.
The rumour currently doing the rounds is that a Harrogate businessman who recently sold his internet company for £25 million will be Pearson’s first board appointment, and in Brian Little, we have the best manager in the division. Whitmore, Goodison, Whittle, Greaves and an on form Eyre are players good enough to grace Division One. We’ve been through a hell of a lot during the last decade. Now we can sit back and bask in the glory to come.