1. That Hull City AFC’s summer can easily be divided between football and non-football issues will surprise no-one with even a passing acquaintance with the club; nor is a great surprise as to which is proving the happier. To the happier first, then…
2. Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass will definitely make us a stronger side. Livermore’s ability is already known, and with plenty of potential yet to be realised, even an eye-watering fee of £8m could still prove to be value. Without him last season we’d have been a poorer side; his permanent arrival gives our midfield a feeling of genuine quality. Whatever happens in 2014/15, with him, Huddlestone and Meyler at Steve Bruce’s disposal, we’ll have a midfield that few outside the top half will rival.
3. Forking out a similar sum on Robert Snodgrass has probably raised more eyebrows. He isn’t without quality, and will also add to our team and our squad, but that is a startling sum to pay. Nonetheless, his has been a career on an upward trajectory of late, he brings a formidable workrate and if he scores half a dozen goals while creating a similar number, in today’s transfer market you probably do need to part with £8m. So, two players of authentic Premier League pedigree are ours. Well done to all – yes, all – at Hull City for facilitating their arrival.
4. Farewell Matt Fryatt. Never a Premier League starter, but a scorer of many City goals in times both good and bad – he leaves with our best wishes and the knowledge that in a Forest side who are likely to do well next season, he’ll score a bucketload more.
5. To Brazil, briefly. It provided a thrill to see Nikica Jelavić involved in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, and he was close to scoring its opening goal too. Despite his country’s generally unattractive performances, we enjoyed Maynor Figueroa’s contribution too. It will be many years before we tire of seeing Hull City AFC players participating in the planet’s most prestigious sporting event.
6. Anything happening off the field then? Ah, yes. The dismal conduct of the club’s owners is seeming never-ending. The new crest is awful, the broken promise about fans’ consultation a disgrace and the removal of the club’s own name an obvious signal that the Allams’ inexplicable obsession with violating our name remains alive and unwell.
7. Sadly it is entirely in keeping with the club’s open hostility towards its own supporters. Despite promises to the contrary, the club serially uses the term “Hull City Tigers” in explicitly footballing situations – the claim that it’ll only feature in corporate or commercial situations is a simply not true.
8. Quite what this is all intended to achieve is a mystery. No business ran by proper grown-ups would take such painstaking care to antagonise its own customers, nor seek to defy its industry regulator in so brazen a manner. Assam and Ehab Allam may be rich men, but there’s something of the rebuffed child about much of their conduct.
9. Ehab Allam affecting fondness for the club’s history at the launch of the new crest is one of the most nauseatingly insincere things we’ve ever heard. He must think we’re stupid.
10. This is having an impact, and while it’s one the club will not care about, it’s worth noting. Season ticket sales are likely to be down for 2014/15, perhaps not calamitously, maybe not even as gravely as could have been expected given the weighty price increase. So numerically we may not notice a difference But we worry for the quality of supporter that is being lost. Our forums are filled with those who stood forlornly at Boothferry Park walking away from the club at what should its zenith, all because of the actions of the club’s owners. Those are the ones who stand and cheer. Who go home and away whatever our league position. Who don’t much mind which division we’re in. Who Steve Bruce and his side most rely upon and most appreciate. We must sadly report that two of our three editors are not renewing, while a third remains undecided. That will obviously impact what we do here. We aren’t deserting our support for Hull City AFC, of course. We were here long before Assam Allam and his stupid ideas, and we’ll be here long after he’s gone to inflict his lamentable notions on someone else. But match reports on home games may become sporadic (unless anyone fancies volunteering?) We’re sorry about that, and we hope that, at the 11th hour, someone at the club will be able to persuade the Allams to drop this nonsense before serious, long-term damage is done to a support that should be booming, not brooding. Sadly, we do not have high expectations.