Season Review: Hull City

Last updated : 28 May 2009 By Andy Beill
How did your season go? Did Hull City finish where you expected them to?
We won 6 of our first 9 games, and then just another 2 all season. To start off with we were just unlucky or wasteful in not winning more games, but things really started to go wrong in January. We started playing badly, had to lose Marlon King and Paul McShane, and our £5million signing Jimmy Bullard got injured on his debut. We desperately needed someone to create chances and without Bullard we had no-one.

If before the season started you offered us 17th place we'd have gladly taken it. It's just disappointing to finish the season playing so poorly.

Who was Hull City's player of the year?
Michael Turner, for a second successive season. The ever-present centre back was so dependable. We hope he'll be the rock of our team for many years to come.

Who were the best players you saw play against Hull City?
We lost at home to Bolton and drew at the Reebok Stadium. We'd have won both games were it not for Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Stephen Ireland scored three goals against us and ran both games. A proper box-to-box midfielder who can defend and attack and was at the heart of everything.

I was also highly impressed by Frank Lampard at the KC Stadium. His movement was excellent to constantly make space for himself, and he scored a good goal too.

Where do you need to strengthen this summer?
The standard of goalkeepers in the Premier League is better than what we have.

Our defence isn't too bad but we need a bit more cover - Steven Mouyokolo from Boulogne and possibly McShane back from Sunderland.

We're weak in central midfield and lack cover when we have injuries. Sean Davis or Kevin Nolan would be a fantastic and hopefully realistic signing.

Our forwards would do better if we can improve the service but we're certain to invest in one or two. Fraizer Campbell would make a welcome return from Manchester United, but otherwise the club are probably looking overseas.

Who'll be on their way out?
If Bryan Hughes, Dean Windass, Ryan France, Peter Halmosi and Caleb Folan couldn't get into this team they might as well move on now. There may be some conflict in the camp; Geovanni and/or Daniel Cousin could be sold, despite their talents. Turner will be held on to at almost any cost.

Hull City's best 11 of the season?
Sam Ricketts, Nick Barmby and Craig Fagan featured heavily and played well, but the players that picked up most of the points were:
McShane Turner Zayatte Dawson
Marney Ashbee Boateng
Cousin King