Hull City: Fan’s Verdict 2016-17

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Hull City supporter Gareth Richardson, 37, of Beverley, looks ahead to the Tigers’ return to the Premier League.

Verdict: This summer has been horrendous. I wasn’t Steve Bruce’s biggest fan and at times I thought he got his tactics wrong. But the way he was treated by the club after winning promotion was dreadful. No-one gives up managing in the Premier League easily so the fact Bruce quit last month says a lot. I have been wracking my brains to think of a club who has had a worse preparation for a Premier League season and I just can’t. It has been a nightmare from start to finish. The club needed to be taken over and, for a time, that looked like happening. But the longer the saga dragged on, the more worrying things became and now I can’t see anything but a poor season ahead. We had a tough enough start with home games against Leicester, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal plus trips to Swansea, our bogey team Burnley and Liverpool in the first seven games. But now, with no new signings and Bruce having gone, things have become impossible. I’ll still be going every week, my six-year-old has only missed two home games in three years and is mad keen. But we’ve had to move seats because of the new membership scheme and I honestly can’t recall feeling flatter or more disillusioned before a new season in all the years I have been going to City. It is a total mess.

Key man: A new chairman.

Advice to manager: Good luck. You’re going to need it.

What will make or break your club’s season: I fear it may already be too late but we needed a takeover to go through.

What changes are needed off the field: New owners. Nothing else will do.

Which team would you like to most beat and why: At this stage, I’d take a win over anyone in the Premier League.

Champions: I say this through gritted teeth - Manchester United. Jose Mourinho is a winner and has recruited well.

Relegated: Us, Burnley and Bournemouth.

Predicted finish: Bottom.