1. Given the usual post award slump, Nigel Pearson not being declared manager of the month is a good thing, especially if you’re of a superstitious bent. Still, it is good to see our manager’s efforts recognised with a nomination, and it is a shame that some of our own supporters don’t see his worth, babbling on about a dour interview demeanour. His job is to win games, and after a shaky start, Nigel Pearson’s City are doing just that this season. Fans who think that giving controversial or charismatic interviews is more important than winning football games might prefer watching WWE Smackdown to watching City.
2. On the subject of monthly awards, the accolade of ‘Cash Converters Player of the Month’ doesn’t sound very accolade-y does it?
3. There has been no hint of progress regarding the Allam’s bid to acquire the KC Stadium during the last week (and we don’t count ambulance chaser Neil Hudgell’s words as ‘progress’) but at least we’ve been spared more of the the unseemly bickering that has dominated discussions so far.
4. Steve McClaren’s return to Hull City as a visiting manager is unlikely to happen in 2011, which is a pity. The man is a fine coach and, given that he was an excellent player in the black and amber and someone pleasingly prone in recent years to talking fondly of his time with the club, it’s only with sorrow that we note his time at Nottingham Forest was a brief and unsuccessful one. We wish him well wherever he next goes.
5. Hopefully, Martyn Waghorn’s hamstring knack isn’t as bad as first reported, as we’ve looked a far more potent side with him in the side than we did when without him.
6. We’re still annoyed by bloody Brighton’s decision to put back the kick off time of this weekend’s tie, or at least their announcing of it so late.
7. Um, that’s it really, hard to think of 10 things during an international break.
8. *EDIT* Maybe we spoke too soon about bickering. In today’s Telegraph Assem Allam speaks about ‘moving’ a national squash tournament from the proposed sports village. Until he secures a deal with the landowners that would see the realisation of sports village dream become a distinct possibility rather than a maybe, he shouldn’t be telling any sport national body that events will be hosted there. Every time Allem speaks on the sports village topic, he looks less like a successful local businessman, visionary and philanthropist, and more like someone prone to making grand pronouncements of projects with little thought put into how it will actually happen (or willingness to show the people who really need to be convinced detailed plans).
The cynic in us thinks this squash announcement is a convenient way to portray the Council as uncooperative villains once more, but really, how many City fans give a hoot about a national squash tournament being held in Hull anyway? Not that it matters, Leeds and Halifax are only 15 minutes away, aren’t they? Oh.