IT was clearly not the most positive of campaigns for either Hull City or Middlesbrough in 2016-17, both ultimately going straight back down after the high of earning promotion from the Championship in 2016.
Our fans’ panel have had their say on what went wrong, what occasional highs there may have been and what needs to happen next to bring the good times back. See if you agree.
HULL CITY (Gareth Richardson, 38, Beverley)
Verdict: Looking at City now compared to when we moved to the KC in 2002, it feels like two different clubs. Back then, everything was going in our favour and crowds were booming but now it feels like the heart has been ripped out of City. Relegation seemed likely for most of the season, though we did have hope for a brief time under Marco Silva. We finished with just one win from the final seven games and our away form remained horrendous. The defeat to Palace was embarrassing, we didn’t even have a shot on target. Silva has to take his share of the blame for that. Not too many of his signings worked. The real damage, though, was done last summer. I couldn’t understand our transfer dealings this season. Why shop at Aldi in August and then Waitrose in January? It just didn’t make sense. This relegation feels worse than the last one, mainly because I just can’t see us coming back up. Silva will go and I would expect Abel Hernandez, Harry Maguire, Sam Clucas and maybe a few others to do the same.
Best player: Sam Clucas, he has been a revelation in the centre of the park.
Biggest disappointment: Abel Hernandez. Has the ability but disappears too often in the Premier League.
Best moment: Beating Boro 4-2 at home, we played some lovely stuff that night.
Lowest moment: Losing at home to an awful Sunderland.
What needs to change this summer? New owners.
Is the club heading in the right direction? Definitely not.
MIDDLESBROUGH (Graeme Bandeira, 42, Harrogate)
Verdict: After the way we won promotion to the Premier League, there was much hope and optimism for how this season would pan out. I even predicted we would finish 10th in The Yorkshire Post before the season got under way. Now it is all over, though, I am numb over just how badly things went. It has been a mess from start to finish. The chairman, Steve Gibson, promised we would have a real go once back in the Premier League but, in a lot of games, we barely mustered a corner, never mind a goal. I was totally underwhelmed with Aitor Karanka’s negativity and formations designed to contain the opposition. Even more soul-destroying, however, has been the silence from above ever since Steve Agnew was put in charge following Karanka’s dismissal.
Best player: Ben Gibson. Held the defence together the best he could. Deserves a big move in the summer.
Biggest disappointment: Gaston Ramirez. No words can describe the contempt I feel for this player.
Best moment: Marten De Roon’s last-gasp header to earn us a 1-1 draw at the Etihad was sweet.
Lowest moment: Too many to mention, though surrendering meekly at Hull City was embarrassing beyond belief.
What needs to change in the summer? We need to appoint a proper manager.
Is the club heading in the right direction? Boro are strong, stable and perfectly tuned for a proven manager to come in and make the club take off again.
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