Hull City manager Grant McCann has admitted that there is a chance that he could leave the Tigers should a takeover of the club be completed in the coming weeks.
McCann managed to guide his side to a much-needed 2-0 win at home to Birmingham City on Saturday to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season in the Championship for the Tigers. Those two wins have now lifted Hull out of the relegation zone on goal difference and provided them with fresh hope that they can survive the drop in the English second tier.
There have been various reports indicating that a takeover of Hull by Acun Ilicali, and it is believed that more talks were held between him and the Tigers’ current owners during the week. While it is also now believed that a takeover of the club could even be resolved within the next three weeks.
A new ownership would bring with it a fresh approach and McCann has found himself under scrutiny at times already this season with Hull struggling to find consistent form in the Championship since their promotion last term. However, the back-to-back wins against Barnsley and Birmingham have significantly improved their position in the table.
Speaking to Hull Live, McCann confessed that he has had conversations with the club’s hierarchy about the potential takeover and is being kept up to date over what is happening. He also admitted that there is a chance that under a new regime he could depart the club.
He said: “Obviously I have good conversations with Ehab and David (Beeby, club secretary) and people like that, so I know where everything is. My only focus is on the team.
“Yes, it happened at Peterborough and I lost my job in about a week so I know what it’s all about, its football, and we’ll concentrate on the team.”
This was always going to be inevitable for McCann because new owners will always want to put their own stamp of authority around the club and that often leads to them wanting to appoint their own figure as manager of the club. Having said that, the last two results have meant that he has at least given himself a chance of remaining in post under a new regime.
There has been a lot of criticism directed at McCann for Hull’s start to the season and there are many supporters who do not believe he is the right man to lead them forwards under a new takeover. That is understandable but he has to at least be given credit for sticking with his task and helping the Tigers secure two vital wins in succession.
McCann is doing all he can to try and keep his job, but even if he was to leave he would do so having won promotion with the Tigers and also with them above the bottom three right now in the Championship. That is a lot better than it could have been for him considering that at most clubs he would have been sacked after relegation to League One.