After days of intense speculation, the inevitable has finally happened – Jan Molby has been sacked as manager of Hull City.

His reign was, in truth, a disaster. Two wins from 17 games had the Tiger Nation fidgeting, and the chairman increasingly worried. However, of more concern was the way in which Molby conducted himself – endless and often unwarranted criticism of the players, puzzling tactics, pointless purchases and a massively ill-judged attack on the supporters in the aftermath of another dismal home performance. The 1-0 defeat at his former club Kidderminster appears to have sealed his fate, as City meekly surrendered and for the first time, the admirably loyal support openly questioned his suitability to manage the Tigers. Tonight, that question has been answered.

Peter Taylor seems certain to be announced as City’s new manager. His name has been linked to the job before, and he was thought to be a contender following Brian Little’s departure in February. Pearson has talked of appointing a manager “with a proven track record”, and known to be an admirer of Taylor. One can only hope he has the ability to rescue a season that has begun terribly, seen our second managerial departure this year, yet still has plenty of time to be turned around.