Hull City's Jacob Greaves on a 'whirlwind of emotions' and a 'rollercoaster' time

JACOB GREAVES may confess to experiencing a 'whirlwind of emotions' in a testing past few weeks at Hull City, but he is also sure of another thing.

Namely, that the current managerial uncertainty is not linked to what is happening on the pitch amid the Tigers' worrying slump in form - they have lost six of their last seven Championship matches.

Hull's difficulties are particularly acute on the road where they are without a win since April 9. They are leaking far too many goals and have taken just two points from a possible 18 this season.

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Their malaise continued at fellow strugglers Huddersfield on Sunday and Greaves was in no mood to dress things up afterwards.

Speculation continues to rage regarding who will be the permanent successor to Shota Arveladze, with former Sheffield Wednesday chief Carlos Carvalhal re-emerging as a strong contender in the betting markets again.

City's move for his Portuguese compatriot Pedro Martins collapsed last Thursday, forcing the East Yorkshire club to re-evaluate with caretaker head coach Andy Dawson taking charge of a third successive match at the weekend.

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Greaves said: "It's been a bit of a rollercoaster in terms of the old gaffer leaving. Apparently, we were supposed to have a new manager in and that's not worked. The owners have put his faith in Dawse to take us forward. However long that may be, I am not too sure.

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Hull City vice-captain Jacob Greaves. Picture: Bruce RollinsonHull City vice-captain Jacob Greaves. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Hull City vice-captain Jacob Greaves. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

"It has been a whirlwind of emotions in the last three weeks. It's up to the people above me (regarding the new head coach). They run the football club, I don't.

"We've just got to focus on what we can do as players to help us improve and try and pick up some points. You look at the recent form and it is nowhere near good enough.

"Especially from how we were last season when I feel we were so much more resolute.

"I am not too sure why we have not been this season as we have not turned the personnel around in defence. It's been a frustrating time in terms of losing games.

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"Whatever happens with the manager, what will be, will be and we cannot control that."

Costly concessions at key junctures of games are not helping City's cause on their travels, while they have conceded the first goal in their past seven games regardless of being at home or away.

As a defender, it is understandably frustrating for Greaves and his cohorts at the back.

He added: "I don't know how many games we have gone 1-0 down, but it seems to be a recurring theme.

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"If we can get that first goal early, it's such an easier game. We can sit in and let them force errors.

"We have conceded a lot of goals early in games. It was not a great time to again concede a goal on Sunday) and we keep doing it and are 1-0 down. It was disappointing,

“I felt we had a good foothold in the game, but I feel we sat off them a little bit and made them look too comfortable on the ball where if we were more aggressive and putting ourselves about the pitch a bit more than it would have been a different game.”