Talented Scunthorpe United winger Adam Hammill appears to have played his last game for the club, being left out in the cold since a very public show of petulance during a match with Cambridge United back in August.
There currently appears no way back for the much-travelled Liverpudlian, signed from St Mirren in January, as it’s become obvious that Hurst has lost trust in the wide player.
Here – in our Six Pointer debate – we look at what the issue is between Hurst and Hammill, how the Iron are coping without him and if there is any way back for the winger at the club.
What’s caused the rift between manager and player?
“Hammill started the season firmly in manager Paul Hurst’s plans at Scunthorpe United. However, following a poor start to the campaign for the club, Hammill reacted angrily to being substituted by his manager in August’s encounter at Cambridge United.
“Verbally abusing Hurst and reacting in an aggressive manner as the decision, Hammill showed clear contempt for his manager and ill-discipline his teammates could do without as they battled to get their season going.”
Is this reaction out of character for Hammill?
“Not particularly. There have always been rumours that, regardless of Hammill’s undoubted abilities as a footballer, his attitude and reactions can be questionable.
“The 31-year-old was criticised for an almost identical incident during his time at Barnsley, reacting angrily when Tykes manager at the time Paul Heckingbottom replaced him during a match in 2016.”
How are Scunthorpe faring without him?
“It has been a difficult start to life in the fourth tier for Hurst’s men following their relegation from League One last season.
“With Hammill involved, prior to the incident at Cambridge, the Iron gathered just one point from their opening four games. With Hammill left out, things continued in a similar vein initially, though there are now tangible signs of improvement with four league points picked up in the last week and a victory in the EFL Trophy at neighbours Grimsby Town.
Would an involved Adam Hammill benefit the team?
“That’s tough to call. In terms of pure footballing ability, an available Adam Hammill would cause League Two defenders problems.
“With great imagination, trickery and crossing ability, Hammill could provide a creative and potent supply line for strikers Jamie Proctor and Kevin Van Veen. Some fans and pundits (via GrimsbyLive) clearly believe they are missing his talents and that he could be hugely beneficial to the side. If teammates felt let down or compromised by his attitude however, his inclusion may have a detrimental effect on team spirit.”
What are Scunthorpe’s alternatives too Hammill in the wide areas?
“United do have other alternatives on the wings. Hurst brought in Alex Gilliead and Abobaker Eisa to supplement this area while former Wigan Athletic man Ryan Colclough remained with the Iron following their League One relegation.
“Hammill is a slightly different kind of wideman to those above though and his individual talents could complement the others if he was brought back into the fold.”
Is there any chance of a reconciliation between Hurst and Hammill?
“It’s doubtful. Hurst doesn’t suffer fools gladly and will look to move on any characters he doesn’t see fitting in with his philosophy.
“He had success at both Grimsby and Shrewsbury Town by building around solid, dependable characters who he trusted to carry out his instructions.
“It’s clear he feels Hammill doesn’t fit into that bracket and told GrimsbyLive that “things had come to a head” while insinuating Adam Hammill has played his last game as a Scunthorpe United player.”