Hull City news round-up 13th March 2015

One of our new correspondents, Mark Sellers, rounds up the week’s City news.  Includes a reference to a former City player scoring twice.  You’ll not guess who.

The week started with an early entrant for the “Lazy Journalism of the Month Award” from Rory Smith of The Times, who on Monday wrote a small piece entitled “Hull Hole” which bizarrely started –

“Another week, another incident on Hull City’s touchline, fast becoming the top-flight equivalent of a shopping precinct on a sink estate.”

This was in reference to Poyet’s bad behaviour the previous week, and also alluded to the Pardew head-butt incident. The fact that none of these incidents were remotely the fault of anyone at Hull City (or that the Pardew thing was over a year ago) didn’t stop him from having a cheap dig at the club, but hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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Wednesday saw the great news that Steve Bruce has extended his contract with City. A very heartening development, particularly in light of recent press speculation linking him to Fulham. The deal is reported to be a three-year extension on his current rolling contract.

Following on from the well-received contract story the HDM also published an interview with Steve, where he states “I want to leave a Hull City legacy of Premier League success” and on Friday the HDM added this entertaining piece that runs through his highs and lows at City including his best and worst signings.

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Thursday saw the announcement that Steve Bruce and Dame N’Doye have been nominated for the Premier League Manager and Player of the month respectively for February, although on Friday it was announced that the honours went to Tony Pulis and Harry Kane.

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Also this week we’ve seen a raft of international call-ups for members of the City squad with Abel Hernandez and Gaston Ramirez for Uruguay and Maynor Figueroa getting the nod for Honduras on Wednesday. The Ireland squad was also announced on Thursday with Paul McShane, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn and Robbie Brady all making the provisional 34 man squad, even though Brady is still injured!

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Saturday saw the Tigers take a point against bottom of the table Leicester City. Although City could have won the game the result was far worse for Leicester as they needed the home win to prevent them being cut adrift at the bottom of the table. Looking at the two manager’s post match interviews was quite telling. Former City boss Nigel Pearson looks under increasing pressure and after an a tetchy series of questions swore at a journalist, whereas Steve Bruce cut a much more relaxed figure with his post match focus being on City’s missed chances and the harshness of the yellow cards the team received. Chelsea next week will clearly be a tougher test.

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Finally, a look back at the opening weekend of the MLS, where even more amazingly than Jozy Altidore scoring twice (in the same game) was the fixture between Orlando and New York. Not only did the two newest teams in the league draw a crowd of over 62,000 but also they achieved this despite both being called “City”.