Hull City is headed for the Championship, and manager Steve Bruce is understandably taking it quite hard.
Despite injuries, flat-out bad luck and even a cocaine suspension to Jake Livermore, the veteran manager says he deserves the blame for an 18th place finish.
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Hull spent on Abel Hernandez and others in a relatively splashy summer, but still sink into the second tier.
From the BBC:
“It is one of those awful experience. This is a particularly low time. We are not in the big league. Too many times I have come out and said we have not done bad but we have not scored. That is 17 or 18 times we have not scored.
“I have to take the brunt of it. We have not been good enough. We believed at the start of the season we would have enough.
“It is not a time for excuses. You have to take your medicine and come back as strongly as you can.
“I am exhausted at the minute. My future is for others to decide. Cuts are inevitable. A lot of talking and soul-searching has to be done in the next few weeks. We are all sad at the minute. I am sure there are a few conversations to be had, which will be had in due course.”
Bruce didn’t keep the Tigers up, and frankly it’s a bit surprising. Hull just didn’t finish enough of its chances, and its record transfer was a disappointment. He deserves the chance to bring them back up, but will Assem Allam allow it?