It was never going to be easy for Hull with the inconceivable amount of injuries they suffered. Three managers later and their one year journey was over. Bad decisions were made across the board, with the sales of Snodgrass and Livermore giving Silva an unenviable task. Despite not saving Hull he made a good showing of himself.
This makes for uncomfortable viewing. Hull had the worst goal difference, most goals against, second least scored, second most games lost and third least won. All of that points towards relegation in any given season and frankly they deserved to go down.
Their top scorer left in January and as a team they managed less goals than Dele Alli and Aguero, a midfielder and a striker who only completed 90 mins 19 times. Their top 5 managed 20 goals, the same as Costa, who may as well not have played the second half of the season.
Lastly, their top appearance maker: Sam Clucas. Who?
New manager Slutsky has a real job on his hands. They’ve already lost stand-out defender Maguire and would do well to finish near the play-offs next season. It’ll be about rebuilding around what players they can keep in order to push for the Premiership again in a season’s time.
First and foremost it’s about not selling. They’ll do well to keep Grosicki, Dawson, Robertson and Huddlestone. That’s who they should be building around.
They’ll be looking at Premier League outcasts, other relegated players and Championship stalwarts. Cameron Jerome would add some firepower. If Robertson leaves they may turn to Obita or Amavi after his move to Sevilla fell through. Snodgrass’ countryman Bannan would provide some much needed creativity in the final third.