Hull City part company with Grant McCann

Tue, Jan 25 2022
Hull City have confirmed they have parted company with head coach Grant McCann. 
 
McCann departs the Tigers following a takeover of the club by Turkish businessman and TV personality Acun Ilicali last Wednesday.
 
The Northern Irishman joined the club in June 2019 and won 53 of his 136 matches in charge during a two-and-a-half-year spell at the MKM Stadium.
 
Hull were relegated from the Championship in his first season after they finished bottom, although he did win immediate promotion back to the division after winning League One last season.
 
His last two matches ended up in victories against high flyers Blackburn Rovers and AFC Bournemouth. 
 
His relationship with the fans on Humberside has been up and down but many fans will be sad to see him go and appreciative of the job he did in difficult circumstances.
 
On the departure of McCann, Ilicali explained “Grant has done an excellent job for this football club in difficult circumstances, most specifically during the takeover process, and for that I offer my sincere thanks. 
 
“These matters are never easy and are more often than not protracted. During the process, Grant has always remained professional and fully focused on the team, and will forever be a friend of the Tigers. I’m sure Grant will be successful in whatever his next challenge is.
 
“However, now is the time for change and for me to start to build, in what I believe will be an incredibly exciting time for the club. I have a philosophy and a belief that our project should start as we mean to carry on and that involves having my team in place.
 
"I understand the timing may look odd, after two good wins, but I wouldn’t be fair or honest if I merely waited for a defeat to change manager. That benefits nobody. I will continue to be transparent with you, our fans.
 
“Our new head coach will be announced very shortly.”
 
He leaves the Tigers 19th in the Championship, 10 points above the relegation zone.
 
It’s expected that former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze will take over in the dugout at Hull City.

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