Championship side Hull City are yet to sign new players as they prepare for life in the lower division.
The team had so much hope when they moved to the top tier last term but after a few months they started the fight against relegation. They were eventually sent back to the Championship alongside Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
With the slump, many things were expected. Curtis Davies shocked many when he left the club. He moved to Derby Country for around £500,000. Many did not anticipate his exit from the KCOM Stadium after four years of stay.
Just like in recent past where Jack Hobbs and Tom Ince shocked fans with their exit, Curtis did the same.
Till day, Hull are yet to sign players that would help them succeed in the Championship. Rather more players are almost sure to leave as well. Read More
Curtis Davies says that Hull City cannot afford to drop anymore home points in order to avoid relegation this season. Davies watched Marcos Silva’s team suffer a 4-0 loss against Everton at Goodison Park.
This was the 11th
loss suffered by the team in the 12 away matches. This dismal away record means that the team has to take as much points as possible in the home matches. Silva was recently brought in as the latest man to lead the club. Even though performances immediately improved upon his arrival, recent results have shown an alarming dip in form.
Teams like Sunderland and Leicester taking points in the last few weeks has resulted in the team making a rapid drop in the league table. Hull have managed just one win in the last five league matches. However, there is a huge contrast in terms of home form. Read More
Under-attack Hull City player Robert Snodgrass has issued a statement saying how sorry he was for cheating his way into getting Mike Phelan’s team an opening goal in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Scotland international opened the scoring on the day after performing a theatrical dance in Palace’s 18-yard box despite no contact with supposed suspect Dan Scot and thus deceived referee Mike Jones into awarding Hull an undeserved penalty.
Making matters worse is the fact that had the match official made the right call, Snodgrass would have been sent off since he was already on a yellow card before entertaining spectators with his diving ability. After the match, Robert released an apology on his social media page:
“Apologies from my end, it was never a penalty. But genuinely thought defender was going to shade, so tried to ride the tackle,” he tweeted.
Hull manager Mike Phelan was not feeling much of it though. According to him, “The ref made the judgement and we’ve had many appeals turned down this season, so I am not going to complain.” Read More
Defender Curtis Davies has said that the club needs help to avoid losing Premier League status at the end of the season. Hull City place 19th on the current standings with 11 points after 14 weeks of top-flight football.
The Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss against Middlesbrough during the last round of games, deepening their woes in this term. For a side that started the season well with just 13 senior players, the fairy tale seems to be over. Six players joined in the last two days of the transfer window but they have not been able to pull the much-desired weight.
“Our signings have done their bit but they were last minute. I don’t believe the manager had time to explore all of his options,” Curtis Davies said of the additions.
Mike Phelan seems to be taking his time to fully immerse into the coaching role after he was confirmed on a permanent basis in October. Phelan is former manager Steve Bruce’s successor. He oversees a side that has the least number of goals this term in the Premier League with just 11 goals.
Hull signed Will Keane and James Weir from Manchester United, David Marshall from Cardiff, Markus Henriksen from AZ Alkmaar, Ryan Mason from Tottenham, and Dieumerci Mbokani from Dynamo Kiev between 30th -31st of August, just before the window closed.
“We need someone who can put the ball in the net. Our first shot on target was in the 92nd minute and that is not god enough,” Davies said.
Hull have lost eight of their last ten league games and are poised to return to the English Championship after this season. Phelan remains hopeful, saying January will come with a change with likely more investment in the transfer market.
Curtis Davies has supported Mike Phelan to become the club’s manager on a permanent basis and stressed the importance of stability at the club.
Despite having just 13 fit senior players in his squad at the when the season began, caretaker Hull City manager Phelan has led the Tigers to two wins out of three Premier League matches and one winning in the England Football League Cup.
The Tigers energized their team with six new players before the transfer window closed, but Phelan’s stay at the club remains dangling with prospective new owners yet to decide on a permanent replacement for Steve Bruce who left the club in pre-season.
When Davies was asked maybe he would want Phelan becoming the club’s manager on a on a full-time deal, he told Sky Sports News: “100 per cent, because he has been relaxed with us, the way we have played we have tried to be positive, we have tried to go into games to try and win.
“I suppose his continuation has been a big thing. He obviously takes the training, he has been our first team coach for a year-and-a-half now and the fact that he has continued with that, he has kept his style going and also he has brought a calm mentality to us.”
The 31-year old performances in August earned him a nomination for the Premier League Player of the Month award, and he emphasized on a busy pre-season as the reason for his sharpness.
The Englishman thinks the fact that he played in all the pre-season games makes him more agile and vibrant at his job, he explained if there was a replacement, he would not have appeared in seven pre-season matches.
“That helped me hit the ground running this season and my form has been OK.” He added.
David Luiz completed is transfer from Paris Saint-Germain over to Chelsea on the deadline day of the summer transfer window and he was expected to make his debut appearance for Chelsea on September 11 when his new club faced off with Swansea City in a Premier League match but it didn’t happen as the Brazilian defender was sidelined to the bench.
The transfer fee that Chelsea had to pay in order to bring David Luiz to Stamford Bridge was £34 million and Antonio Conte is confident that he is going to be able to turn his summer signing into one of the best defenders in the world.
“At 29, he is at a fantastic age to become one of the best defenders in the world. You can always improve and I’m seeing great commitment from him. He wants to play for Chelsea. This is a great opportunity for him also to improve. I repeat: he has good characteristics to become a fantastic defender.’’
“It’s important to remember when I started at Juventus, with Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli, the defence had been conceding a lot of goals. I remember that, before my arrival, many people told me: ‘They are no good, these defenders. No good.’ But then I started to work with them, I found a great commitment and attitude. Through the work, now we are talking about three of the best defenders in the world in Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli. But remember, when we started in that first year at Juventus, it wasn’t like that.” Chelsea’s Antonio Conte said.
David Luiz is anxious to start getting playing time and wear the Chelsea jersey in his first competitive match after having to settle on the sidelines during their recent match against Swansea City. With the injury of John Terry, defensive reinforcements can provide a significant help to Antonio Conte who has to the task of guiding Chelsea to the top spots of the Premier League and to compete in the Champions League.
Hull City player Curtis Davies has stated that Hull City need to be determined if they want to remain in the Premier League.
He said that clubs such as Bournemouth and Watford have shown that it is possible to stay in the Premier League and that it is important for the club to follow the same example.
Hull City went through the play-offs in order to win promotion to the Premier League but has been earmarked as the favorite candidate for relegation this season. Curtis Davies believes that there need to be a change in mentality if the club is going to move forward.
Curtis Davies said that Hull City have to learn from other promoted teams. They did not just sit back and wait for the opposition to come to them but attack. He said that the players should remain positive and ensure that they take their chances in the games. He knows that it will not be easy, but they will need to fight if they want to remain in the Premier League.
Hull City is currently experiencing problems with their owners refusing to inject money into the club. They are reportedly looking for a seller but at the moment there is no concrete offer on the table. The club has been losing players in the transfer window and may have trouble fielding a competitive team for the start of the Premier League.
The team is also without a manager at the moment after Steve Bruce has left the club. He said that there was no guarantee from the owners that they wanted to move the club forward and that he will be better off working somewhere else.
Curtis Davies is aware of these problems and has urged fans to remain behind the club.
There a few players in the Hull City team that are not yet assured of their spot in the team as they return to the English Premier League.
The team has flown out to Portugal as they begin preparations for the return to top flight football in England. Manager Steve Bruce is leaving no stone unturned as they saw what Leicester City did in the League in the past campaign, lifting the trophies despite playing in the Championship two years back.
Hull plan for about a week training under warm weather before they hope to face Grimsby town on the 15th of July in a pre season friendly. Tom Huddlestone insists that the club need not spend on many signings as they are anxiously await the start of the EPL.
Harry Maguire is one player that must impress Bruce if he wants to play since English Centre Back Curtis Davies displaced him. Maguire did well to impress the coaching staff of the club in the last campaign but an ankle injury ensured he stayed out. He was set to star along with the Captain Michael Dawson but the injury to the 23-year old means he might have to wait longer since joining from Sheffield United two years ago. Davies has taken over with his popularity growing with time since his move to the club from Birmingham in 2013.
Adama Diomande failed to get a place in the bench when they played in the Championship play-off final at Wembley despite claiming to be fit. He got injured and the groin surgery ensured he played catch-up halfway through the Championship. He still has two years on his deal but would need to convince Bruce if he wants an extension. Former Celtic and Aston villa man, Shaun Maloney would need a lot to convince Bruce of a place in the team, despite the latter signing his praise. There’s also the left winger, Sam Clucas amongst others at the club.
Curtis Davies has stated that he wants Steve Bruce to remain as the manager of the club.
Despite having brought the club the back to the Premier League one year after having been relegated, there is news that Bruce might be leaving the club.
Davies said that the club needed Steve Bruce to stay as manager of the club. For him, it is thank to him that the players are still there and that they have succeeded in gaining promotion to the Premier League. He said that if a club wants to be successful there need to be some stability around the team. He stated that it is a team that has been assembled by Steve Bruce that has won the promotion, and he said that the team needs him if they want to be successful.
Davies added that if the team intends to stay in the Premier League there need to be some stability and that the manager should remain at the club. He said that he is happy for the team to have won the promotion to the Premier League and that they deserved it.
Curtis Davies said that he would have had problems to enjoy himself on his holidays if ever the team did not make it to the Premier League. He stated that it was a painful experience to be relegated and that he does not want to experience such feelings again.
He stated that the team will need to prepare well for next season as it is going to be tough in the Premier League. He admitted that it was quite tough to play in the Championship but that they will need to be even better if they want to survive in the Premier League.
Hull City’s inability to finish off teams has been their biggest problem, according to defender Curtis Davies.
The club were looking certainties for promotion through the automatic places a few months ago. However, their form has nosedived spectacularly and manager Steve Bruce recently admitted that the automatic promotion spots were out of reach. The club will now look to gain momentum before the play-offs begin. Form rather than quality is seen as the biggest factor in winning the play-offs. Despite having an experienced defender like Davies, the club has struggled to keep off opponents.
Davies’ comments came in wake of a 2-2 draw with Leeds United. Hull City appeared to be in a comfortable position and heading for three points, but they were pegged back by a late equaliser by Dallas. The result meant that Hull City are without a clean sheet in the last five games. Furthermore, they have allowed the opposition to score twice or more in three out of those games. Defensive performances are leading down the team, but Davies reckons that the team need not conceded late goals if they finish off the opponents much earlier. Davies admitted that their club are regretting their huge downfall in the last six weeks.
The club can now only hope that they get lucky in the play-offs.”There’s massive regrets. We know we were there or thereabouts six weeks ago. You look at Boro, where we lost 1-0 in the 93rd minute (on March 18) and now they’ve gone 10 points clear of us.It’s frustrating but we’ve only got ourselves to blame. Everyone else has kept their momentum going and kept up their form. When they’ve had bad patches, they’ve come back from it.Now we have to deal with the situation we’re in and make sure we’re ready for these play-offs,” said Davies.