1. Phil Brown told Radio 5 Live that he’d love to come back to Hull City but has not yet been approached. This had some Tiger Nationals squealing with delight, but would a return really be wise? He’ll always be the man who took us to Wembley and the Premier League, but the tail end of his reign was a mess, he seemed more interested in boozing, boosting his own profile and attending horse races than putting right wrongs on the pitch. Let the past stay the past.
2. Of course Phil Brown hasn’t yet been approached, the manager’s position isn’t vacant. Speculation about the next manager, when the current manager’s fate hasn’t been resolved almost a week after his startling suspension, just adds to the conviction that this is a sorry mess that could and should have been avoided.
3. Though the Allams have said money was available in the January transfer window, they’ve been relatively vague about what money is there to spend in the summer. Received wisdom is that summer is the time to do your main spending and that the winter window is for the desperate, when fees get inflated to take advantage of that desperation, but apparently our owners think differently. This reinforces the perception that they have little understanding of the game and that knowledge of what works in marine engineering isn’t particularly transferable to nuanced world of professional sport.
4. Reading [City]* passholders proclaiming vehemently on messageboards that they won’t renew this year is quite saddening.
5. We know that pass prices are going up, but we still don’t know when fans will actually get to pay for a season ticket. Given the constantly stated mantra of running the club on sound business principles, stating that the club doesn’t really need the money now seems a little strange, given that there is no other money coming into the club in the close-season.
6. Speaking of strange statements; “Who puts £50M in and then scrimps and saves on £30,000 to £40,000 a week to get you promotion?” That seemed out of kilter on Wednesday and it still does now, it is contrary to every noise the club has made about money in the last year.
7. The idea that a £17M wage bill should equate to a top 6 finish wilfully ignores that a significant chunk of that amount is Premier League legacy wages. Daily Mirror football journalist James Nursey said that Barmby was told not to pick Olofinjana, McShane, Simpson* and Harper* as the club didn’t want to activate pay-rise clauses. League position expectations should be reassessed with those player’s wages not counting if they’re not available for selection. (*these two, obviously, aren’t on Premier League era wages)
8. The BBC’s Late Kick Off show tweeted that the Allams have said they won’t go before the cameras for an interview. That comes as little surprise, interviews with the Hull Daily Mail can be conducted with a press officer on hand to deflect tricky questions, respond to others with a pre-established soundbite and generally vet what gets published, whereas in a televised interview Assem Allam could to go off on an ill-advised tangent that once recorded, stays recorded.
9. Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion is welcome, giving us another local derby next season. It’s a shame Nick Barmby is no longer playing as he always has a blinder at Hillsborough.
10. We’ve been critical of Radio Humberside and Hull Daily Mail correspondents in the past, but we’ve no complaints about their current incumbents. Dave Burns and Phil Buckingham have done an exceptional job keeping fans informed during #Barmbygeddon, enduring unwarranted flak from people who blame the messenger when the message is gloomy. Good work sirs.