A Tigers point of view
Dazzar86 - from Vital Hull answers some questions ahead of the Hull v Pompey game this weekend.
Early days I know, but are you happy with how your season is going so far? I would imagine no...
Not really, no. Apart from the Chelsea game (first game of the season) and the Wigan game, we haven't really played as a team, or one that looks like they want to win a game anyway. If you saw the Fulham game on Monday night, you'll understand what I'm talking about - a lot of games have been that bad this season already - last season we at least played quite well when losing and showed some heart.
This time last year things were fantastic for Hull, since Christmas it has been a downward spiral - what has gone wrong?
Many would say Phil Brown has lost his marbles, lost the plot e.t.c. and some of the things he says and does would have you believe it. I personally just think he's ran out of ideas and things have gone stale - time for some fresh bread, in my opinion!
3 wins in the WHOLE of 2009 - what manager would still be in a job if that was their record?
We've picked up 2 wins so far this season, one against a Bolton side who couldn't hit a barn door at the start of the season and Wigan, who just played really poor after a great win over Chelsea.
No offence to Brown as he's done a brilliant job when you look at his 3 years here; keeping the club up, then promotion, then keeping the club up again. But as the quote goes that was on the Matrix last night; "everything that has a beginning, has an end".
Are the club treating the fans well, or are they fleecing you?
Well, the club still send players out to the Official Supporters Club branches' meetings, which I understand Hull City are the only club in the Prem to do such a thing. These are usually held at pubs and are sometimes attended by the Chairmen, Paul Duffen.
But, then again, not exactly fleecing, but in fact just plain rude is what Paul Duffen was when he called the supporters of Hull City A.F.C. "pathetic" for wanting Phil Brown sacked.
I don't think he understands that the fans don't mind losing, it's the manner in which we are doing so that has the fans calling for Brown's sacking. I mean, look at Bolton, they shout for Megson's head, despite winning!
Who do you think has been your best summer signing and why?
Tough one, haha. Kamel Ghilas is a little gem that has great potential, but has yet to be given opportunities - his best game was against Bolton and he could have had a hat-trick when he moved upfront alongside Jozy Altidore (another with potential yet to be given much of a chance). Stephen Hunt has had some great games for us, but has gone off the boil recently. Jan Venegoor of Hesselink was brilliant Vs Wigan, though has been isolated every other game so far.
Could you have done with more arrivals - if so in which areas and maybe even who?
Maybe not so much 'more arrivals', maybe 'better arrivals' is a better term. Ibrahima Sonko is a terrible replacement for Michael Turner. Would have much preferred to have seen someone like Sol Campbell or Matthew Kilgallon come in. The £3 million spent on Seyi Olofinjana isn't looking like money well spent at the moment, either - poor replacement for Captain Fantastic - Ian Ashbee. Would have preferred that money have been put towards getting in someone like Jonathan Greening.
Brown and Hart are among 'the bookies favourites' to go, do you think that either could go based on the outcome this weekend?
If you can't beat us in our current state, Hart wants sacking, haha. You're losing at the moment but look like you're playing some good football in the process. We on the other hand are playing rubbish football and creating barely any chances. Brown won't go because he's too 'pally' with the chairman.
What were your expectations, or hopes before the season kicked-off? Have they changed since?
Before Turner was sold, I was thinking we could maybe push on a bit this season with a comfortable lower-mid table finish, now we'll be lucky to avoid relegation.
What about Pompey, what do you think we should expect or hope for?
It's just a matter of time for Pompey I think, you'll start picking up points soon enough and finish above the relegation zone, but not by too much.
Who is the real danger man that Pompey need to watch?
Phil Brown - the guys a nutter! Just kidding. On a serious note, Geovanni has looked like the only player capable of doing anything this season - maybe Ghilas, if given a role upfront instead of out-wide.
If you could take any Pompey player and put him in your who would it be and why?
In the summer I was hoping for us to sign Belhadj for the left-wing, but we have Hunt now - I'd still say Belhadj and move Hunt to the right if it wasn't for our poor excuse of a defence, so at this moment in time, I'd probably take Younes Kaboul or Ben Haim, simply to take Sonko's place.
Is there anyone that you would like to send Pompey's way?
Ibrahima Sonko - the guy is soo slow, his positioning is poor, doesn't read the game well, doesn't like to get stuck in - I think the only thing he is good at is heading and hoofing the ball.
Go on, who's going to win the 'big six pointer' at the KC on Saturday?
If Brown has somehow managed to revitalise the players with another walk across the Humber Bridge and we play like we did against Wigan, we'll get a draw, based on your performance against Tottenham.
If he hasn't, 2-0 Portsmouth, sadly.
Questions answered by Dazzar86 from Vital Hull.
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