A Storm in a Teacup
Early in the week, Deano in his ITV.com blog vents his frustration at not even making the bench for the crucial home game against the Toffees.
Deano says: "These are strange times for me at the club I love as however much I'm enjoying seeing Hull City play in the Premier League, I'm getting more and more frustrated about not being involved."
His temerity in voicing his frustration infuriated some of the Hull City faithful who called for his head, not least because of the choice of the media to display his frustration. How this could undermine our team spirit that has been so highly regarded by fans and management alike.
Questions were raised and polls were started as to where he was/is on the Hull City strikers pecking order. The Hull Daily Mail asked if he even deserved a starting spot at all for the Tigers. The underlying feeling from the fans polls was that he is certainly not high in the pecking order.
This led to stories surfacing about moves to his old alma mater Bradford City but this was quickly quashed by Julian Rhodes, the Bradford Chairman. Then there was a link to our one-time rivals from across the Humber, Grimsby Town, where a role as player-manager was invented to give Windass some first team football, and sate his appetite for football league management.
However, the management in both Duffen and Brown has expressed their wish that Windass stays with the club and that he is wanted and needed for the long haul.
Paul Duffen is quoted as saying: "No professional athlete enjoys being left out and Dean is no different. He wants to play football... from my personal point of view, I really do hope Dean finds a way to be content to stay."
Phil Brown goes further by saying: "I know exactly how Dean Windass thinks and how he feels... rightly so, he's not happy.
"He has a part to play off the park and that's a leadership quality you only get in certain players."
"He has to understand that he still has a role to play. If Dean Windass wanted to leave this football club, it would be his decision, not mine."
The management has stated their case for Windass to stay and that they want him to stay, if not as a first team regular certainly as an influential member of the squad. They have made it clear that if Deano does choose to move on out of frustration it is his decision to leave, not theirs or the club's.
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