Good news rolling in for Hull as England plump for Allardyce

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Hull to stay up in 2016/17

Since beating Sheffield Wednesday to confirm their return to the Premier League as play-off champions, good news has been in scant supply for Hull.

A spate of injuries to senior squad members has left the Tigers with just 13 fully-fit players.

Michael Dawson, Moses Odubajo, Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce have all picked up knocks during pre-season, ruling them out from anywhere between three and six months each.

Ongoing takeover speculation has impeded their ability to cover those absences through the transfer market, while their manager, Steve Bruce, was interviewed for the vacant England manager’s position.

However, with the latter two issues now seemingly resolved, it appears the KC Stadium side can fully concentrate on preparing for their third stint in the top-flight.

Talks over the sale of the club have recently been put on hold to focus solely on player acquisitions, while the Three Lions job looks to be heading Sam Allardyce’s way.

Those two pieces of news are considerable boons for the Tigers, who have so far only added one new face to their playing staff and faced losing their manager of four years.

Their only signing so far wasn’t even made to strengthen the senior squad, with 18-year-old goalkeeper Will Mannion’s arrival from AFC Wimbledon announced on the club’s academy website.

A few first-team acquisitions will be expected now that the ownership’s future has been solidified, albeit temporarily, and Wales’ Euro 2016 hero Hal Robson-Kanu is among the names being discussed in gossip columns.

The Tigers are currently 5/6 to stay up this season. With Bruce remaining at the helm and the prospect of some new additions arriving, that looks a far more likely outcome.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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