Hull City’s manager Phil Brown has said he is willing to rotate his squad for next month’s FA Cup Third Round FA Cup tie against Newcastle United at the KC stadium.
Phil Brown – Tigers’ manager
Phil Brown, who has done a great job so far this season, told the Hull Daily Mail today that the league is his club’s top priority this season:
“The league is more and more of a priority for every club these days,” “The financial differences between being in the Championship and being in the Premier League are huge, but we have the beauty of a strong squad.“
“Even if we did make six or seven changes, we would still have a very strong team. You look at our team-sheet last week and the bench was full of quality. “You had a Greek international (Stelios), you had a 39-year-old experienced goalscorer (Dean Windass) and an ex-England international (Nick Barmby).”
“On top of that, you had a Hungarian international (Peter Halmosi), an Australian international (Richard Garcia), a former England youth international (Nathan Doyle) and a very capable goalkeeper in Matt Duke.” “That to me shows what quality we can call on.”
Talking about the 3rd round FA Cup tie with Newcastle United on the first weekend in January Phil said:
“It’s winnable and it’s a route into Europe.“I am looking forward to it. We are one of the big guns now which is great news for us and being a top-six side going into the draw gives us a lot of satisfaction.”
Of course Hull City beat Newcastle 2-1 at St. James’ Park on 13th September, in our first game after Kevin Keegan walked out on the club. And Hull at that time were doing extremely well in the league, although of late they have gone off the boil a little.
In their last 6 league games they have drawn the last 3 and lost the previous 3. Newcastle also have 3 draws on the trot, but 3 points from 6 games is probably not good enough for Hull.
In Hull’s previous 6 league games they had fabulous run going, winning 5 and drawing one, including their good win at Newcastle United.
Phil is right to have staying the Premier League as his first priority, because there is big money in the league, and it would be good for Hull to get some mid-table stability in the Premier league, and it would also be great for Hull City fans.
Of course Newcastle aren’t exactly free of relegation concerns ourselves.
But hopefully the Hull policy may help Newcastle in the FA Cup, and maybe this year we can win our first trophy in 40 years, since we last won the Inter City Fairs Cup back in 1969.
Wishing and Hoping. 😀