Hull City's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Sunday as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Marco Silva was hired to stop the rot but the task was beyond the Portuguese coach. It's the moment to speak to the chairman and the board. It's easy (to see) what the club needs to do differently. We started to lose in pre-season when we were making our preparation.
"I think because of the run-in, the size of the teams we have had to play, this was the hardest (team to keep up)". Spurs fans partied like it was 1899, and the really positive news is that they have an exciting team to take to their new £800million home next door via a one-season stop at Wembley Stadium. You need to prepare better. "But we had one target to stay in the Premier League".
Chelsea won a fifth Premier League title and the race for a top-four spot promised to go right to the end. If you've got the label, you accept it (as a fire fighter), but building for the future relieves the stress on you. It's great for everybody behind the scenes since I joined and the fans - it's a great relief... "It's about building for the future". Puncheon has hinted they had lost their identity under Pardew - a former Palace player - but he has become determined that will no longer be the case.
Good old Sam Allardyce has done it again. They looked like a team that deserved to be relegated. Allardyce responded by bringing in French World Cup victor Youri Djorkaeff, who scored in crucial victories against Charlton and Ipswich to help Bolton finish 16th.
The mistakes made by his men at Selhurst Park were glaring.
- Christian Benteke has netted a joint-league-high seven headed goals in the Premier League this season (Fernando Llorente also on 7).
Their survival hopes turned from dim to desperate after 34 minutes when more slack defending allowed an unmarked Benteke to head in Andros Townsend's corner without even having to brush shoulders with Hull's back-line.
But the January signings of Luka Milivojevic, Patrick Van Aanholt, Jeffrey Schlupp and most notably Sakho helped fire Palace to safety. Hull: Eldin Jakupovic 5, Harry Maguire 6, Andrea Ranocchia 4, Michael Dawson 5, Ahmed Elmohamady 5, Andrew Robertson 6, Sam Clucas 6, Kamil Grosicki 6, Alfred N'Diaye 6, Evandro 5, Oumar Niasse 5.