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Ex-Hull player offers to manage Championship strugglers for free

One ex-Hull City player offers to manage the Championship strugglers for free having just watched his old side thrashed 8-0 by Wigan Athletic.

He has also accused the current group of players of chucking manager Grant McCann ‘under the bus’, as well as suggesting that they didn’t care about the club.

The Latics, who are administration, were seven goals up by half time in the league meeting on Tuesday evening, through Kal Naismith (1′), Kieffer Moore (27′), Kieran Dowell (32′), Jamal Lowe (37′), Kieffer Moore (40′), Kieran Dowell (43′) and Joe Williams (45′) before Kieran Dowell (65′) added an eighth mid-way through the second half.

It could have been 10-0 had Naismith and Antonee Robinson not hit the woodwork in either half of the game.

This left club legend Dean Windass, who scored 64 goals in 205 games for the Tigers, furious, suggesting their was a lack of passion from the players.

“They’ve chucked McCann under the bus, in a sense,” he told White and Sawyer. “Because what do you say as a manager?

“You’re 1-0 down after, what, a minute? When I used to play football, I would train as though it were my last training session.

“And I would play football as if it were my last game.”

The astonishing result, which had the whole nation talking, is Wigan’s biggest league win, beating their 7-0 victory over Oxford United in 2017, but the result also became Hull’s joint-biggest league loss.

Paul Cook’s side currently sit on 57 points, 12 points clear of 22nd place – which is a position taken up by Hull, who are just a point adrift of safety.

There are two games remaining for both sides, and it’s left Windass unsure about who to blame for Hull’s downfall.

“Listen, you have got to blame the manager in a sense as well,” he added. “I don’t want to see anybody get the sack.

“I don’t want to see anybody lose their job, but it has got to come down to the manager. He’s got to ask himself questions, he’s got to ask his staff questions.

“And at the end of the day, players have got to say ‘I have let you down’. Do they really care anymore?

“I don’t think they do.”

The Tigers were as high as eighth back on New Year’s Day, but it just goes to show how quickly things can change, as they went from just four points off third place, to one point from safety having lost 14 out of 18 games with only one victory.

Windass said he was more than happy to put forward a solution to the club’s current plight.

“I tell you this now; I would do it for nothing mate! I would do it for nothing.

“They wouldn’t mess me about.”

As the ex-Hull player offers to manage Championship strugglers for free, you may not have known that he was previously managed of Northern Counties East League Division One side East Hull earlier this season, however he only lasted a few months before departing.

Dean Windass’s first match as East Hull manager ended in a 6-0 loss to Winterton Rangers, at that stage they lost all 11 league games & conceded 54 goals, before going on to win 0, draw 1 and lose 25 games, giving them just one point from 26 games. The season was abandoned.

After the final whistle, both managers Paul Cook and Grant McCann gave their thoughts on what they had just witnessed.

Wigan’s Paul Cook: “Of course I’m delighted but I’ve also got sympathy for Grant and Hull. It’s great for us to win as we have, but management is tough at the minute and I’ve got a little bit of feelings for them, because it’s very tough to be on (the end of) a scoreline like that.

“The players deserve so much credit but there are two big games to go. We’re climbing a mountain but we’re not at the top. We’re very proud of our supporters and the town, to raise the money and give us the support they have, and I think tonight we’ve gone a long way towards repaying that.

“Can we go the extra yard to give them that full satisfaction of overturning possibly a 12-point deduction? We have to keep believing we can.”

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Hull’s Grant McCann: “It has hurt us, and all I can do is apologise to the fans on behalf of everyone in that dressing room because it’s nowhere good enough, and I’m so, so sorry for that. We didn’t get going at all. We concede in the first-odd minute, giving ourselves a mountain to climb, and then we seemed to concede every time Wigan went forward. We’re stood there at the sideline thinking ‘Is this ever going to stop?’

“We just didn’t get to grips with it at all. We just didn’t turn up. We all felt embarrassed. We’re all hurting. We have worked so hard this season, and to get done like we did today is unacceptable, from everyone.

“There’s not much you can say when you’ve just got beat 8-0. But I’ve just got to go and look at it now with the players and we have to try to pick a team that’s going to get three points against Luton (on Saturday). We have two huge games coming up over the next week or so, so I’ll try to prepare the team to try to get the results.”

Hull have not played in the third tier of English football since 2005, since then they have gone on to secure promotions to the Premier League.


2004–05 Lge 1: 46 games, 26 wins, 8 draws, 12 defeats, 80 GF, 53 GA, 86 pts, 2nd pos ↑
2005–06 Champ: 46 games 12 wins, 16 draws, 18 defeats, 49 GF, 55 GA, 52 pts, 18th pos
2006–07 Champ: 46 games 13 wins, 10 draws, 23 defeats, 51 GF, 67 GA, 49 pts, 21st pos
2007–08 Champ: 46 games 21 wins, 12 draws, 13 defeats, 65 GF, 47 GA, 75 pts, 3rd pos ↑
2008–09 Prem: 38 games 8 wins, 11 draws, 19 defeats, 39 GF, 64 GA, 35 pts, 17th pos
2009–10 Prem: 38 games 6 wins, 12 draws, 20 defeats, 34 GF, 75 GA, 30 pts, 19th pos ↓
2010–11 Champ: 46 games 16 wins, 17 draws, 13 defeats, 52 GF, 50 GA, 65 pts, 11th pos
2011–12 Champ: 46 games 19 wins, 11 draws, 16 defeats, 47 GF, 44 GA, 68 pts, 8th pos
2012–13 Champ: 46 games 24 wins, 7 draws, 15 defeats, 61 GF, 52 GA, 79 pts, 2nd pos ↑
2013–14 Prem: 38 games 10 wins, 7 draws, 21 defeats, 38 GF, 53 GA, 37 pts, 16th pos
2014–15 Prem: 38 games 8 wins, 11 draws, 19 defeats, 33 GF, 51 GA, 35 pts, 18th pos ↓
2015–16 Champ: 46 games 24 wins, 11 draws, 11 defeats, 69 GF, 35 GA, 83 pts, 4th pos ↑
2016–17 Prem: 38 games 9 wins, 7 draws, 22 defeats, 37 GF, 80 GA, 34 pts, 18th pos ↓
2017–18 Champ: 46 games 11 wins, 16 draws, 19 defeats, 70 GF, 70 GA, 49 pts, 18th pos
2018–19 Champ: 46 games 17 wins, 11 draws, 18 defeats, 66 GF, 68 GA, 62 pts, 13th pos

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