Opposition Q&A – Hull City: “Quite simply I hate Allam”

This week we spoke to Hull City fan Paul Greendale (@3Greendog) for his take on this Saturday’s fixture at the KC Stadium…

Q. Hull City has lost six of its last ten games in the Premier League. How nervous are you about the possibility of relegation?

A. After the West Ham and Newcastle capitulations, safe to say I was extremely worried and started to mentally prepare myself for away days at Championship grounds again next season. But two really good performances against Man City and Villa and some players returning from injury and things are suddenly looking more promising. But they always say it’s the hope that kills you! We know we’re in a scrap right until the last day of the season and it’s going to be close.

Q. Steve Bruce has been pretty busy in the last couple of transfer windows – how good is the squad Bruce has assembled? What will be the priorities in the summer?

A. On paper it’s the best squad we’ve ever had but on the pitch they’ve fallen well short. Big players in the spine of our team such as Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Curtis Davies and Allan McGregor have been very poor. Summer transfers will depend on which league we’re in. Balance across the defence is important and improving our depth in attacking areas to avoid being in a similar mess next season is what’s needed. Mike Phelan coming in as Brucie’s assistant seems to have revitalised training and so far, appears to be working.

Q. Like QPR, Hull has a chairman who is not afraid of the limelight. What do you make of Assem Allam?

A. Quite simply, I hate him. He needs to sell the club and disappear. He’s a stubborn, clueless old man, every interview he does is littered with mistakes and inaccuracies. I’m amazed he’s made any money because every time he speaks, he comes across as a bumbling fool.

Q. I have to ask Hull City? Hull Tigers? Hull City Tigers? Which do you prefer and why?

A. There’s only one answer. Hull City AFC. We got to the Premier League as Hull City, we got into Europe as Hull City and if we get relegated, we’ll do it as Hull City. I don’t think I could ever look another human in the eye and tell them I support a team called Hull Tigers. The whole issue is not about the name at all, it’s about Allam’s personal vendetta against Hull City Council over his failed attempt to purchase the stadium (He thinks everyone associates the Premier League football team with the people who collect the bins on a Thursday. Absolute moron!). Thankfully our new Supporters Trust is looking out for the best interests of our club, born from the success of the City Till We Die campaign last year. An organised, committed group of fans which was totally underestimated by Allam and have proved that owners cannot do whatever they want and get away with it.

Q. Historically QPR have often been well-liked amongst opposition fans although this has changed in recent times with our perceived influx of spending power. How do you see the QPR of today?

A. Don’t think Hull fans have an issue with QPR other than being in a relegation scrap together. Tony Fernandes seems a likeable bloke, especially in football chairmen circles.

Q. Who has been City’s best player so far this season? Who is the one to watch on Saturday?

A. Tough to name a player of the season so far. Possibly Nikica Jelavic who despite never really being fully fit has still scored 7 goals and always makes a nuisance of himself. A lot is expected of our new boy Dame N’Doye who made an impressive debut against Aston Villa by getting a goal and an assist. But we’ve seen record signing Abel Hernandez make an impressive start but fizzle away, we can’t afford for it to happen again. Our player of the year will be someone who steps up and performs in the last 13 games.

Q. Which current QPR player/s do you rate or admire, if any? What about QPR players of the past?

A. We were close to signing Charlie Austin before he failed a medical, so he’s one we always keep an eye out for. The one that got away. My favourite QPR player from the past has to be Les Ferdinand from the Gerry Francis team of the 90’s.

Q. Any thoughts on the situation at QPR right now? How do you think interim manager Chris Ramsey will do?

A. Ramsey seems like a good guy but I’m always sceptical of an assistant taking over. I wasn’t too sad to see you get your first away win at Sunderland as we have a horrible habit of being the side to help break unwanted records like that, so glad you got that one out of the way. But will Ramsey get more than Harry Redknapp out of the same group of players? I would tend to say no.

Q. How do you think Bruce will set up at the KC Stadium on Saturday?

A. 3-5-2. Reverting back to wing backs and doing what we know we’re good at has coincided with us picking up points. Fan favourites Paul McShane and Alex Bruce coming in has given us the look of a team finally up for a relegation scrap. They’re the epitome of ‘limited defenders’ but have given our defence a better balance and are exactly what we need right now. I’d expect us to be unchanged.

(McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohammady, Huddlestone, Meyler, Livermore, Brady, Jelavic, N’Doye)

Q. Which three teams do you tip for relegation this season?

A. Leicester, Burnley and I’m afraid to say QPR. Hull to stay up… but only just.

Q. Score and prediction for Hull City vs QPR on Saturday?

A. Whoever scores first will win it. 1-0 City. Dame N’Doye to get the goal.

Thanks once again to Paul for answering our questions.

11 thoughts on “Opposition Q&A – Hull City: “Quite simply I hate Allam”

  1. An excellent idea to interview away fans and Mr Greendale is clearly a football fan and true follower of Hull City. Howver don’t assume for a minute that his views on Mr Allam represent the majority view. They don’t. The majority will forever be grateful that he saved us from total oblivion and funded Steve Bruce to get us back to the Premier League. While most would prefer to stay as Hull City AFC, they temper that with respect for what he has done and continues to do for us.

  2. Thank goodness most ‘City’ fans aren’t like Mr Greendale.
    He’s entitled to his opinion like the rest of us but his vitriolic, almost rabid, tirade of abuse really is not representative of the majority of fans.
    Shame that the media and fan websites alike portray his views as being representative of the rest of us. I know that the media find extreme views like his are a more ‘saleable’ than the moderate opinions held by the majority but myself and many others are sick and fed up of seeing the same old nasty outpourings of a few being published as being truly representative.

  3. You only hate the Allams because you are jealous of their success and wealth, your so narrow minded and not a true fan

  4. These comments are by no means the view of all City fans. Allam gas been the best chairman the club has had and has presided over unprecedented success for the club. Most fans dont welcome the name chane but can live with it. I suspect this guy would rather see the club back in League 1 and bankrupt which is where they would have been without Allam

  5. Im amazed that you speak about the club owners in this way.
    Individually he has pumped £million into the club to get it where it is today.
    You really are lacking in basic skills.

  6. Not to turn this into an Allam discussion on a QPR website, but all these comments seem to be insulting one guys opinion. An opinion which seems to be based on the facts – Allam’s interviews on this have been erratic and often contradictory. I don’t really see how it can be read as a ‘vitriolic, almost rabid, tirade of abuse’. In fact that’s a pretty funny thing to say. Also, all polls taken have shown the majority of fans are in favour of staying as Hull City (oh, except the one Mr Allam ran himself with a threat of him leaving if people vote incorrectly). Either way I hope that QPR are now a little safer in the league without Harold, but I also hope we tonk them. (I haven’t used the word tonk for a while).

  7. Whilst Paul’s views on Mr Allam may not be held by a majority, they certainly are not just held by a small minority either, as any poll’s on the name change issue will show. Many Hull City fans have given up their season tickets this season, myself included, because of Mr Allam’s contempt for the fans.

  8. Nobody knows what the majority think, because they have been silent and inactive in campaigning either for or against the name change.

    The No To Hull Tigers campaign has been well-run, constructive and dignified. A few anti-Allam fans have indeed been abusive and rude but so have some of his supporters.

    I think it is telling that no major football journalist has come out and really backed the Hull Tigers idea, and we all know how they love to take the controversial line.

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