Hull City’s Top Priority Is Premier League Survival

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.      😀

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I expect to beat these lot. They are slowly running out of steam.

    Also, those players he names on his bench are shite.

  • VikingToon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    If we win the Fa cup, I will go naked to work for a month.. no chance!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    i think phil brown saying they are one of the big guns in the competition is getting a little ahead of himself. Claiming Hull could win it i think is also slightly far fetched, cant knock his optimism though.
    Also, should they make 6 or 7 changes, we could definitly beat them. However, i do agree with him saying the league is more important, and we are in a worse position than they are

  • Spyro

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4


    Mate, we should be beating their starting 11. They are a shite team with a bit of momentum and belief. That will be gone by the time the match comes around.

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    They guy has some balls coming out and saying they are one of the big guns. The table doesn’t lie and they have started well. However once they go on a bad run, and every team in the league has one, it will be interesting to see how they recover. The same goes for injuries. I really don’t think they have the strength in depth to cover a few injuries. Just look at us for an example. If we had our first choice 11 available for every game we wouldn’t be in 18th position.
    Ah well, at least we are above the Mackems.

  • keith

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    i think we a good draw , we should be able to go through and then get the few players we need in jan and have a decnt cup run and top 10 finish

  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Dec 1, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    they are 16th in the form table (last eight games), we are 10th… we’re on the up they are on the slide, there is no danger they should be favourites to progress.
    I just hope we’re the ones who bring that shower back down to earth!!

  • listie

    Dec 1, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    They are having a stutter at the moment, which is not great coming into the busy xmas games, they had a great start, but in all honesty without Giovanni, they are a poor side, he is the key man for them I think, take him out the picture and they will go into freefall

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 1, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    on points garnered so far, everyone can actually still go down…Yes, unrealistic, but hull are far from safe yet…A few injuries, ref decistions against ’em & some bad luck & top 6/7 can turn into bottom 3!..

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 1, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #10

    i am not interested in the fa cup this season, sounds mad but true. i am far more worried that we are hitting exas and still in the relegation zone – shit.

  • workyticket

    Dec 1, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #11

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  • graeme

    Dec 2, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #12

    We shouldnt even think about a cup run this season. Our ONLY concern this season is to remain in the Premier League and avooid relegation at all costs.

  • lesh

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Phil’s a sand-dancer and his premier status os not in question. He’s flannelling and complaceny will prove very dangerous.

  • Ssav

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Mike Ashley this is how low you’ve brought us – having to listen with trepidation to this sort of tosh from The Man with The Tan!


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