Things We Think We Think #3

1. We note with no real surprise the lack of coverage and condemnation of rugby hooligans causing trouble in Leeds eight days ago.

2. It’s sad to see the club making long term backroom staff redundant. In terms of cost savings, the effect of this measure is surely minimal, as those going are on £12,000-15,000 a year, whereas there are unwanted players picking up £28,000-45,000 a week. If the club need to be ruthless in driving down spending, that’s understandable given the profligacy of former owners, but they appear to be killing the mosquito while leaving the bear to roam free.

3. It would be good to know the respective stadium valuations of both the Council and Club owners. Rumours persist that there is a vast chasm between the figures, and until one or both sides publicly state what they think is a fair price, rumours are all there is to go on.

4. At this time of year, every year, there is wailing and gnashing of teeth from some fans who imply City are doing nothing to bring in new players while claiming rival clubs are behaving like a hungry man at a buffet, snapping up prized signings left, right and centre. Neither statement is true.

5. If Allardyce whips the defence into shape…if they start well…if their new signings gel quickly…West Ham could be just about unstoppable next season

6. The League Cup draw is so unspeakably vile it makes you want to punch kittens.

7. Drawing 3,000 at home against Macclesfield is so 1997.

8. Nice to see Steve McClaren in a proper job again. He was a fine footballer for City, still talks the club up and maybe he ought to receive a warm reception when Forest visit the KC in the new season.

9. Yes, it’s not ideal playing Leeds home and away on Tuesday nights. But it’s still better than 12 noon on a Saturday or Sunday, which the gendarmes on both sides of the East-West divide would probably prefer.

10. If we’re lucky, one of the highlights of the new season’s opening weeks will be the Rotherhams and Swindons of the world trying to play Barcelonaesque tiqui-taca, until a string of defeats brings them to their senses some time around late September

Things We Think We Think #2

1. Assem Allam said last week that the reason he wants to own the KC is so he can use the freehold to get a mortgage and build the planned sports village. If he does that he’s risking Hull City’s home in the hope that a sports village brings in enough money to pay back the mortgage, and later make him/the club profit. Is it worth the risk? The reason swimming pools and squash courts tend to be run by local authorities is because they don’t bring in that much money. Why would Allam’s complex be different? Allam describes the proposed sports village as a gift, but if he plans to pay for it with a mortgage taken out on the stadium it’s not a gift at all, it’s a leveraged purchase.

2. Allam also said he thinks football clubs should be owned by their communities. The stadium is already publicly owned, but he wants to change that.

3. When asked what value he puts on Adam Pearson’s continued involvement, Allam said Pearson was a good man but the club would go on without him. Of course it would, but it would leave a dearth of experience in running a football club.

4. This is an excellent piece on great Tigers teams down the years, but if we have to have a ‘winner’, then the 2008 team of bonafide achievers, that made our dreams come true, must be it.

5. Discussing who we’d like to get on the opening day of the season is futile and pointless. The only surefire thing about next season’s fixtures is that both games against Leeds will be deliberately planned to inconvenience the many.

6. He wasn’t universally popular despite successive promotions, but seeing Peter Taylor on Sky’s coverage of the U21 tournament prompted warm memories of the happy days during his reign.

7. Those club emails, full of “OMG! LOL! Look at this funny YouTube video” stuff are pretty cringeworthy. Communicate better please.

8. Whoever digitally altered the picture of Liam Rosenior modelling the new kit went a bit overboard on the colour saturation, to the point where Liam looks to have changed race. Also, the socks are the same as last seasons, odd given that they’re being sold at a knock-down price of £2 in Tiger Leisure. Maybe they aren’t the socks to be used, amber hose would look better with that kit.

9. City should offer Richard Garcia a one-year deal with incentives while he recovers from a bad injury. He deserves it and they can afford it.

10. Nottingham Forest have joined Cardiff in rewarding their managers for a play-off finish by sacking them – would we show similar ingratitude to Nigel Pearson next summer if we lose in the play-offs?

Things we think we think… #1

1. Adam Pearson’s lack of a stake in the club makes us worry he’ll want total control of someone else. It can’t be fulfilling to ask permission to do things that previously he’d sign off as owner/chairman, or to merely be a salaried employee when you have the talent/know how to be in charge. He was rumoured to be interested in Barnsley in the national media, is it just a matter of time before he goes or could the Allams sell a small stake to Pearson to hold on to such a valuable asset?

2. Neil Danns would be an excellent signing.

3. Cash Converters isn’t the most prestigious sponsor for a football club, but City fans going apoplectic, writing to the club to complain about a deal not yet announced, really need to get a grip. Football club’s sponsors do not reflect on the city the team play in one little bit, if you think Geordies are ardent savers because their jersey has Northern Rock’s logo on it, or that the burghers of Blackburn all have immaculately painted walls because of Rover’s association with Crown Paints, you’re a foolish knave.

4. Sponsor aside, that adidas shirt alleged to be our new strip was quite nice. Yes, it’s the same template as Stoke once more, but bold stripes (and on both sides) and more amber than black is our preferred style of City shirt..

5. Argentina blue is a nice colour for an away shirt.

6. Paul Duffen’s Twitter account, if it’s real, highlights a familiar self awareness deficit.

7. For an end of season showpiece event with real drama, the Championship Play-off final shits all over the FA Cup final.

8. The League Cup draw is next week. Unless this produces a tick ground for the nerd community, the competition should be scrapped.

9. Some egg-chasing fans have complained that Sky Sports didn’t televise the derby this weekend. They don’t seem to realise that what they see as ‘Rugbygeddon’ and the most important sporting event in history is of little interest to people outside of East Yorkshire, and not that much within.

10. The Hull Daily Mail’s new website is really, really, REALLY shit.

The idea for this feature is shamelessly stolen from Peter King of Sports Illustrated.