Two seasons ago, when Hull City’s premier league adventure came to an end, the future of the football club looked to be in turmoil.
A lack of financial leadership and direction under the stewardship of Paul Duffen and Russell Bartlett meant Hull City football club looked in real danger of going into the red after relegation to the championship.
20 months down the line, the club has undergone an enormous transformation – something which has gone much unnoticed by the rest of the footballing world. The clubs finances are now in control, the squad has undergone a massive transformation and a push towards the premier league is now gathering momentum.
Credit for this can be derived from a number of people at the club; noticeably the Allams, Adam Pearson and former manager Nigel Pearson.
Together, they worked extremely hard to get the football club back on its feet after suffering an inevitable premier league hangover.
Very few would disagree that Assem and Ehab Allam deserve most of the plaudits. The Egyptian multi-millionaires bought the club back in October 2010 and since then they have plunged millions into the club, covering up the financial monstrosity of their predecessors.
As well as covering up most of the debts, they have provided vital funds for new players which have been brought to the club in excellent fashion.
Since relegation in May 2010, head of football operations Adam Pearson has been working closely with (former) manager Nigel Pearson in what has been a complete replenishing of the squad. Together they adopted a philosophy of getting players ‘on the cheap’, often bringing in talented youngsters or free agents.
They were able to pull off stunning transfer coups such as Slovenian captain Robert Koren and right back Liam Rosenior, both of which were signed for free.
A healthy relationship with Manchester United saw the likes of winger Cameron Stewart, midfielder Corry Evans, and defender James Chester arrive at the KC at bargain prices, and all of them excelled and have now become highly rated players.
Nigel Pearson worked hard from day one to build a team that was hard to beat. He built from the back and established a top class defence which rarely conceded. He followed this up by bringing in talented youngsters as he looked about creating a good passing side, with the ingenuity and flair of a top class team.
And although he controversially quit the tigers to return to Leicester City, he left the club in good shape and fortune. And with Hull born Nick Barmby now in charge at the KC, Hull really do look likely to return to the top flight, little over a year since they looked doomed for league 1.