Ex-Tigers returning in numbers to Hull City on Saturday with Aston Villa
Hull City face Aston Villa at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday and it promises to be an enthralling encounter. The Tigers need points to boost their survival chances whilst their opponents need to get their promotion push after two defeats in a row.
The fixture is also more interesting due to the large ex-Hull City contingent who Aston Villa now have in their ranks. This includes a large part of their backroom staff as well as a few players on the pitch who have been influential players for the Tigers in the past. Here they are-
The 57-year-old joined the Tigers in 2012 and turned out to be one of the most successful managers in the club's history. He is now the manager of Aston Villa after he resigned at Hull due to the poor ownership of the Allam family. Bruce guided the Tigers to promotion in the 2012/13 season in his first campaign at the club after finishing second behind Cardiff. He then secured Premier League survival as well as taking Hull to their first ever FA Cup final and into the Europa League. The Tigers' stint in Europe was short lived and they were also relegated under Bruce in 2014/15. Nevertheless, he got them back into the top flight the season after via the Play-Offs. Bruce was successful at Hull and there is no doubt that he will get a great reception by their fans on Saturday on his first return back to the KCOM Stadium.
He is now the first-team coach at Aston Villa and he left the same role at Hull last season to link back up with Bruce. The 39-year-old worked with Bruce throughout his time at Hull City and this Saturday will also be his first trip back to East Yorkshire since leaving them. The former Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City midfielder initially worked as the first-team coach at Hull before being moved up to their first-team coach.
Gary Walsh and Steve Agnew
Aston Villa's goalkeeper coach Gary Walsh worked at Hull City for five years before he left them in 2016 for Villa. He joined the Tigers in 2011 when Nick Barmby was the manager there, having previously worked at Wigan Athletic, Hartlepool United and Derby County. Steve Agnew, on the other hand, moved to Hull City when Bruce took over and worked under him until he left the Tigers to become the assistant manager of Middlesbrough in December 2014. He reunited with Bruce in December 2017 when he joined his backroom staff.
The Wales international has been a hit with Aston Villa since he joined them in the summer of 2016. He played for Hull from 2011 to 2015 having previously been at Manchester United. The defender played 171 times for the Tigers and was influential in their success under Steve Bruce. He was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £8 million but left them for their Midlands rivals Aston Villa after just a season.
Steve Bruce knows the Egyptian right-back/winger well and has signed him for Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa. Elmohamady signed for Hull, initially on loan, but it was made permanent in January 2013. He played 217 games for the East Yorkshire side and this will be his first trip back to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
The 30-year-old sustained a serious knee injury on his Hull City debut and this ruled him out for 15 months. Nevertheless, he fought back from it and turned out to be a huge player for the Tigers under Steve Bruce. He played a pivotal part in their promotion in 2016 and got the assist for Mo Diame's winner against Sheffield Wednesday in the Play-Off final. He then scored eight goals for the Tigers in the Premier League last season before January and was snapped up by West Ham for £10.2 million. His time at the Hammers was short lived and he is now on loan at Aston Villa.