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03/05/2019 at 18:46


PREVIEW: Hull City v Bristol City

The Allams are still here, Nigel Adkins' future still remains uncertain and the Premier League parachute payments have now evaporated, so another summer of turbulence beckons for Hull City fans. And that doesn't even scratch the surface of all the 'in-house' politics causing unrest and consternation amongst the dwindling support, due to a severe rejection of Allam ownership. Seriously, the ill-thought out and controversial membership scheme and the scandalous omission of concessions is testimony to this. 

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The long goodbye...

Incredible then, this really could be Adkins' last game in charge of the club, as the new contract offer remains unsigned. Typical Allams, this; anything good going on at this club is quickly quashed or discarded. The inspirational and influential Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki look set be cashed in over the summer - and everything combined with the aforementioned mess, makes for a depressing cocktail of misery. It looks like another protege from the academy needs to step up and blossom, just to tread water.

Reece Burke - a genuine prospect it has to be stated - could well come back into the fold, following a recent injury. The City boss has vowed to field a strong side to take on play-off chasing Bristol City, but Adkins has already committed to the policy of picking players who are strictly under contract at the club for next season, which is fair enough.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson remains focused on attempting to break into the play-off picture, despite the odds being stacked against the West Country side. The Robins need both Derby County and Middlesbrough not win, while claiming a victory here at the Circle to claim the 6th place and last play-off spot in the table. However, two players are missing from selection with injury, including Callum O'Dowda (knee) and Korey Smith (foot), while a third Antoine Semenyo is banned. 

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