1. No club in the Premier League’s 24 year history has ever been as woefully unprepared for a season as City are at the moment.
2. “No communication, no manager, no engagement, no signings, no identity, no concessions, no honesty”, railed the Supporters’ Trust. To which we are tempted to add “no chance” – City’s relegation is obviously not guaranteed, but it’s highly likely. The risk of a Derbyesque embarrassment cannot be ruled out; one bookie’s quote of 100/1 on a points tally that falls short of their infamous 2007/8 total has a grisly appeal. Accumulator tips across the land this season will rarely exclude the Tigers.
3. Ehab Allam’s time in charge of City has been an unmitigated disaster. He is miserably out of his depth, combining wretched ignorance with a lethal smugness whose toxic effect may have repercussions long after his dreadful family have left whatever remains of this club. It seems astonishing that he was once regarded as the smarter, more reasonable Allam. Smart and reasonable are charges that will never again be levelled at this thoroughly inadequate individual.
4. Five days from the start of the season, and we still have no manager. Ehab apparently has no clue who to replace Steve Bruce with, or even how you go about doing it. Mike Phelan is currently the favourite, if only because the other names mentioned either don’t want to tarnish their CVs with the Hull City car crash or won’t be allowed to leave their present posts. Under ordinary circumstances, Phelan would be a distinctly underwhelming appointment. Despite being just two years Bruce’s junior he has nothing approaching his former boss’ managerial experience. However, as City have actually performed creditably in pre-season (usual caveats apply) and Curtis Davies’ amusing comments demonstrate there seems to be a gallows humour/siege mentality occuring under his stewardship, there’s probably little alternative at present.
5. That gallows humour and/or siege mentality we desperately hope exists is just about our only hope of avoiding a total calamity. Team spirit can carry you a long way, and in the absence of anything else positive, we’ll need it.
6. Absent from that team will be Mo Diamé. Sure, we know that all things being equal Newcastle are a bigger club than City. But they aren’t equal, we’re in the Premier League and they’ve just lost at Fulham in the Championship. That one of our most gifted players has chosen the second tier over life in the Premier League with City is a damning indictment on the shambles you’re presiding over, Ehab.
7. We may be soon saying the exact same things about last season’s top scorer, Abel Hernández, if Aston Villa activate the player’s buy out clause. As bewildering as it is that a player would eschew the top flight for the division we’ve just left, can anyone blame any player for wanting out of the farce Hull City have become?
8. It isn’t just players on their way out of the club either, as coaching staff are jettisoned in unsettling circumstances and front office staff are set to depart. The owners appear to be adopting a scorched earth policy as their tenure comes to an overdue end.
9. The season kicks off on Saturday, with the visit of the champions Leicester. From a footballing perspective it’s impossible to look past an away win. The Hull Daily Mail headline of “Hull City sweating on fitness of Shaun Maloney and Greg Luer”, when the latter spent last season playing in League Cup ties for us before representing Scunthorpe and Stevenage on loan tells you everything you need to know about the depth of talent available for whoever will be picking the XI for the Premier League opener.
10. There are likely to be protests on Saturday, and although there is inevitable disagreement about what form those protests should take, there are few supporters who would suggest protest is unjustified. That in itself is remarkable.