Championship side Hull City will be buzzing during this international break, winning 2-0 away from home against fellow strugglers Barnsley and putting in a solid performance at Oakwell.
Not only were the likes of Keane Lewis-Potter and George Honeyman exceptional in attack, but also centre-back Di’shon Bernard who was commanding in defence and put in a performance worthy of a clean sheet against a side that scored two just a few days before against Derby County, a team that had previously been solid at the back.
However, the Tigers still remain in the relegation zone and three points adrift of safety going into the Christmas period, a perilous position they will want to escape from after tasting League One football last term.
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It isn’t all bad news for Grant McCann’s men though, with a potential takeover on the horizon and with that, a fresh start potentially ahead after seeing many supporters endure a frosty relationship with the Allam family.
In this piece, we take at the latest news bites you need to know about the East Yorkshire outfit.
December target set
Potential new owner Acun Ilicali hopes to take over from the Allam family at the MKM Stadium in the next ‘three or four weeks’, revealing this target in an interview with Hull Live.
The same outlet have revealed this takeover deal is set to go through before Christmas, with the Turkish businessman currently in talks with the EFL and due diligence ongoing.
Passing the fit and proper person test is likely to be the final hurdle in this potential change of ownership, with a £30m deal agreed with Assem Allam, who set to relinquish control of the club after a turbulent decade in East Yorkshire.
Despite criticisms of the Egyptian’s Premiership, Ilicali praised him for his co-operation throughout the process, adding that the process of taking over the Tigers is currently ‘going good’. For Hull fans who have witnessed collapsed takeovers before, many will be itching to see his deal signed off as soon as possible.
Success the priority for Ilicali
The prospective owner also made a promise to Hull supporters in the same interview, promising that he isn’t coming to the club to make money, but to experience success in the English game.
This is something fans of the Tigers will be desperate to hear after slipping down to League One last term, a division they won’t want to return to anytime soon considering they were competing in the top flight just over four years ago.
Despite their 2-0 away win against Barnsley in the last match, they remain in the relegation zone and in real danger of going back down to the third tier unless they improve. Considerable investment could be on the way if Ilicali’s words are anything to go by.
Speaking about why he wants to buy the club, he said: “I’m not coming here to make money, I’m not coming here for financial gain, me and my team are coming just for success.
“All our spirit is only fed by success.
“There is nothing more than important than success and of course to be successful you have to be ready in every way, so I can say that we are very focused on having success.
“I’m not having a club in England to have fun, no, we are dying for success and this is our strategy.”
Lewis-Potter’s stance on exit links
The winger made a real breakthrough last term despite playing for the first team during the 2019/20 season, adapting well to life in League One and scoring 13 goals and recording six assists in 43 third-tier appearances.
He has managed to carry this over to the Championship this term, scoring three times and registering three assists in 17 matches so far and looking a real threat going forward.
In fairness, he deserved to have two assists to his name in the last game alone – but missed opportunities from his teammates makes his record look slightly less impressive than it would have done.
Regardless of this, Lewis-Potter only has one team on his mind, saying to Hull Live: “I don’t concentrate on that right now, I just concentrate on Hull and helping my boyhood club get to where we are and climb the table.
“It’s just about the team at the minute and winning matches, and doing the best I can for the team.
“Every player has to have high hopes and ambitions, every players’ dream is to play at the top level and hopefully I can achieve that.
“People speak about it but I try not to listen, you can get ahead of yourself and that’s when it starts to go downhill.
“You always have to back yourself but to concentrate on what’s happening now is the best thing to do.”
Shota Arveladze linked
Former Trabzonspor boss Arveladze has been linked with the managerial vacancy at the MKM Stadium, being tipped to take over at the club if Ilicali completes his acquisition of the second-tier side according to a report by Medya Radar.
The same report states the duo have built up their relationship from the latter’s time as a sports journalist, with Arveladze managing Turkish sides Kayserispor, Kasimpasa and Trabzonspor between 2010 and 2015.
The Georgian has gone on to manage at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and Ukrainian outfit Pakhtakor Tashkent since then.
He has been out of work since leaving the latter club last year – and could be set for his first spell in England next month if Ilicali opts for a change in manager.