1. So Nigel Pearson is gone. That fills us with sadness rather than a sense of outrage, as he was doing a sterling job of rebuilding the team. He had (with help) removed disinterested mercenaries and packed the squad with hungry, motivated and talented players who it seemed would run through a brick wall if the manager told them to. The team were upwardly mobile under the irascible Pearson and, contrary to what some hard of thinking types insisted, were playing good football. There now lurks in our minds the worry that such a team could be broken up in the January transfer window.
2. Some have chosen to believe that Nigel Pearson’s motive for leaving was money, and money alone, but that doesn’t chime with what we know of the man at all, and we’ve heard stories of a manager driven to disillusionment by interference and lack of support from the club’s front office as well as the sidelining of his staunch ally Adam Pearson. Radio Humberside’s David Burns last week made a remark that aligns with what we’ve been told, so we’re not as inclined to believe money is the main factor in Pearson’s defection as some.
3. It’s irritating when official club websites go silent at the time supporters are most clamouring for reliable information about events unfolding at the club. The rest of the year they posit that they are THE go to source for up to date information, but when a manager requests permission to talk to another club, it’s up to Radio Humberside and the Hull Daily Mail to say so while the OWS talks about a curry night. It doesn’t have to be this way.
4. Warren Joyce and Nick Barmby, two men for whom the Tiger Nation should have nothing but love and respect for. If we do appoint them this week we need to add patience to that, Joyce hasn’t managed a first team side in a few years (and Royal Antwerp is used as a satellite reserve side for Manchester United, who later made Joyce manager of their actual reserve team) and Barmby is taking his first tentative steps into a management set up. If owner interference was an issue for Pearson, it will surely be an issue for these two, so we hope they (or whoever gets the job) are given every tool needed to succeed.
5. We’d feel a lot better about the appointment of any new manager if Adam Pearson was in total control, but his authority has been gravely eroded. Recently, the personal assistant shared by both Pearsons was made redundant without the prior knowledge and consultation of our director of football, which illustrates the curious lack of regard our owners have for a man whose services are coveted by other football clubs. When we asked Assem Allam directly what value he places on Adam Pearson’s continued involvement in the club (in light of him buying Hull FC), the answer was troubling…”if he goes, he goes, the club will go on.” Yes, the club will go on, but with a dearth of experience in running a football club competently. Does anyone really think Mark Maguire or Assem Allam could do a better job than Adam Pearson recruiting a new manager?
6. Some will mention the names of Molby, Parkinson and Dowie to show Adam Pearson hasn’t always gotten managerial appointments right, and they’d be correct. Choosing a manager isn’t an exact science, and plenty of clubs have made wrong choice after wrong choice after wrong choice. When Adam Pearson has got it wrong, it’s been put right quickly, and it’s been put right with spectacular effect, Taylor after Molby, Brown after Parkinson, Pearson after Dowie.
7. The Allams may have been a little misguided in their attempts to blag £1.2m for a manager (and staff) that cost them £675,000, and a tribunal would have surely favoured Leicester and their lower valuation if it had come to that, but who can blame them for messing Leicester about a bit? The Foxes are potentially derailing our season because they made a stupid appointment/hasty decision to get rid with Sven, and now need to put it right at our expense. The long term benefit of the Allams’ obduracy is Leicester won’t be inclined to deal with them again, and may think twice about poaching James Chester, Liam Rosenior et al in January. Our chances of permanently signing Martyn Waghorn, however, will surely have plummeted.
8. We were surprised to discover that the tawdry Jimmy Bullard saga isn’t yet concluded, City are still dealing with an appeal made by the player and the main witness for the defence of cashiering him out of the club is the new Leicester manager. The dynamics of Bullard’s appeal, a case with £5m riding on it, have just changed somewhat.
9. It’s natural that off-field considerations have dominated lately. However we’ve got a fascinating game coming up next weekend. It’ll be first without Nigel Pearson, and the attitude of the squad to his departure will be interesting to observe. A solid result against play-off rivals would offer reassurance that our season is still on track despite the change of manager. Anything else, though…
10. On Saturday morning, there were still tickets left for the eggchasing at the Circle between England and world champions New Zealand. Anyone imagine England v Spain at football not selling out many times over at City’s home ground? Rugby town, you know.