Hull’s 2016/17 season
League Position: 18th in Premier League – relegated to the Championship (2015/16: 4th in the Championship – promoted via the Play-Offs)
Average league attendance: 20,761 (2015/16: 17,199)
Top league goalscorer: Robert Snodgrass (7)
Hull City have continued their yo-yo existence, changing division for the fourth time in five seasons. After winning promotion via the Play-Offs in 2016 Hull started the season as favourites for relegation as manager Steve Bruce left and gaps were left in the squad. Former Brentford right back Moses Odubajo suffered a serious injury, as did central defender Michael Dawson and others including Mohamed Diamé, Isaac Hayden, who was on loan, and Sone Aluko left. They won their first two games but were in the relegation zone by the end of October and were in there for most of the rest of the campaign.
Bruce’s departure in July came on the back of not adding to the squad after promotion and Mike Phelan stepped in, first as caretaker boss and then on a permanent basis. He lasted until January but was sacked with Hull bottom of the league with one win in 18. Marco Silva was appointed and a fine home record – six wins and a draw – gave them a shot at avoiding the drop. But they were beaten at home by already-relegated Sunderland and were then thrashed by relegation rivals Crystal Palace and their fate was sealed.
The Tigers did have success in the EFL Cup, almost making it to Wembley. They beat Exeter City, Stoke City, Bristol City and Newcastle United to earn a last-four tie with Manchester United. Hull won the second leg 2-1 but a 2-0 reverse at Old Trafford in the first match ensured they were beaten. Hull ended the season with the worst defensive record in the Premier League and only Sunderland and Middlesbrough scored fewer. Robert Snodgrass ended the season as their top scorer despite leaving for West Ham United in January
Hull are without a manager after Marco Silva left the Humberside outfit last month. The Portuguese boss had been with them since the start of January and almost kept them in the Premier League on the back of a fine home record. However, he could not do so and resigned before taking over at Watford a few days later.
Silva was Hull’s third manager in 12 months. Steve Bruce had been in place for four years and took them up in his first season at the helm before keeping them in the Premier League in 2014, the only time Hull have ever avoided relegation from the top flight. Although they were relegated in 2015, Bruce took them straight back up before leaving. Mike Phelan had just under six months in charge before Silva’s arrival.
Last Time Round
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 17
Hull wins: 28