It has been five long and, at times, often deflating years for Hull City fans since they were last in the Premier League.
Indeed, three years after relegation from the top flight in 2017, the Tigers found themselves in League One following another relegation, this time from the Championship.
It has, in short, been a turbulent time at the club which has seen a steady change of managers as well as a change of ownership.
Although it should be said that to a large degree, those uncertain times still linger in East Yorkshire with Hull only narrowly above the relegation zone as the Championship pauses for the month-long break needed to accommodate the World Cup in Qatar.
Perhaps what is more concerning is that the latest Championship betting odds price the Tigers at just 5/4 to go down.
However, at just seven points off the play-off positions, fans will either be seeing this season as one of opportunity or dread. Those that believe the Tigers can still go up and are part of Paddy’s Rewards Club can access a host of free bet offers that can be used on the Championship promotion market.
Yes, it may be a stretch to gatecrash the play-offs next spring by finishing in the top six, but the appointment of Liam Rosenior as the club’s manager in early November is a shrewd move by Hull chairman Acun Ilicali and will give the club a fighting chance of taking this campaign by the scruff of the neck.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Liam Rosenior as the club’s new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Welcome home, Liam! 🤝#hcafc
— Hull City (@HullCity) November 3, 2022
In fact, if anyone can snap Hull out of this cycle of underachieving it is Rosenior; the man who was instrumental in taking the Tigers up from the Championship in 2013 as a player.
Rosenior helps Tigers roar to promotion in 2013
During that fabled season, Rosenior made 32 appearances for Hull en route to promotion and was an influential part of Steve Bruce’s midfield. As spellbinding as that season was when the club finished in the automatic promotion positions, it’s interesting to note that many fans would actually argue that Rosenior’s finest stint in a Hull City shirt came the season after when he made 29 appearances in the Premier League whilst helping the Tigers to finish in the Europa League positions.
It was an unprecedented achievement and if you fast forward to 2022, it seems an inspired decision to bring Rosenior back given all his experience in helping this football club punch well above its weight.
Another encouraging factor to take into account when considering whether Rosenior will be able to accumulate the points needed for a post-Christmas promotion push is that Hull embarked on an exciting recruitment drive in the summer. Essentially, Rosenior has, for all intents and purposes, inherited a squad that possesses the quality to make its way up the table.
The World Cup will give Rosenior an extended break to implement his ideas
The 38-year-old’s job is to now find the balance that his predecessor Shota Arveladze was unable to do. Admittedly, this task has been made slightly easier with the World Cup break affording Hull the opportunity to capitalize on what is, in effect, a mini pre-season.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 23, 2022
Keep your eyes on Rosenior’s Hull City when the Championship resumes in mid-December, they may well look like a different team.
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