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    Hope you don't mind me putting this in here as I'm listening to their back catalogue




    IRON MAIDEN
    I've worshiped this band ever since I was first introduced to them way back in 2000 (I was 10). I'm also the only person I know who has been to see Maiden as part of 3 generations of Maiden fans (Grandad, Dad and me).
    I have far too many shirts of them and all their albums and You could say I'm a loser for it but I don't care. My most prized possession is my Wildest Dreams tour shirt which I got on their Dance of Death tour in 2003. They are easily my favourite band of all time and no one even comes close.




    Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the best albums ever created. The Number Of The Beast.
    This album arguably has the most well known songs out of Iron Maiden's back catalogue, those being "The Number of the Beast" and "Run to the Hills". This album has everything a metalhead could wish for, thundering basslines, face melting guitar solo's, Phenomenal vocals and Machine gun-like drumming. If you are a Maiden fan (assuming you are as you viewed this) then it is actually illegal not to own this album .
    Anyway. I'd like to share my favourite songs with you



    Face In The Sand
    Personally I think this is Maiden's strongest song (lyrically). With such great lyrics like:
    So I watch and I wait. And I pray for an answer,
    An end to the strife and the world's misery.
    But the end never came, and we're digging the graves.
    And we're loading the guns for the kill.
    and:
    Everyone's nightmares are going to happen.
    Everybody's ripping the mask from their eyes.
    Everyone's praying but no one's believing.
    Everybody's heroes tell everyone's lies.
    It comes off the album Dance of Death (2003) and is track number 9. It was written by Bruce Dickinson (Vocals), Steve Harris (Bass) and Adrian Smith (Lead Guitar/Legend). It is such a powerful song with a fantastic build up and brilliant bass line throughout the song which automatically makes your lip do the "rock pout" or if you're more hardcore the "Headbang" along with some great guitar solos.
    Ghost Of The Navigator
    This song is off the Brave New World album (2000), track number 2. It was written by Janick Gers (Guitar) and again Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris. The Intro to this song, is easily the best intro Maiden have ever done, the anticipation for that main guitar riff to kick in is just so enthralling. This is also a fans favourite however it was not a single. It's a lengthy song, but so worth it.

    Hallowed Be Thy Name
    HBTN comes off The Number Of The Beast's album (1981), track number 8 and final track and is written by Steve Harris. This song was actually the first Iron Maiden song I ever heard, my dad came into me and just said "Try this" (I was playing Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction album at the time) I put it on and just fell in love with the notes put before me. It is a classic in the eyes of Maiden fans and is often played at live performances, it has also been covered by 13 bands some of which are: Cradle Of Filth, Machinehead, Iced Earth and Dream Theater.
    The Lyrics from HBTN are absolutely sublime, the story is about a prisoner facing execution as can be heard in such lines as:
    When the priest comes to read me the last rites,
    I take a look through the bars at the last sights,
    Of a world that has gone very wrong for me.
    Can it be that there's some sort of error?
    Hard to stop the surmounting terror.
    Is this really the end, not some crazy dream?
    Somebody please tell me that I'm dreaming,
    It's not easy to stop from screaming,
    But words escape me when I try to speak.
    Tears flow but why am I crying?
    After all I'm not afraid of dying.
    Don't I believe that there never is an end?
    As the guards march me out to the courtyard,
    Somebody cries from a cell "God be with you".
    If there's a God then why does he let me go?
    The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
    Features on the album Somewhere In Time (1986) track number 5 and is also written by Steve Harris. It is written about the book of the same name with the books plot being: Colin, a poor Nottingham teenager from a dismal home in a blue-collar area, who has bleak prospects in life and few interests beyond petty crime. The boy turns to long-distance running as a method of both an emotional and a physical escape from his situation.
    It has a great start to the song and I just think it's one of their most if not MOST underrated song they've ever written. It's one of the more simple songs lyrically but the song itself is just brilliant.
    The Legacy
    This song comes from the 2006 album A Matter Of Life And Death and is the final track on the album primarily written by Janick Gers. It is another one of Maiden's song that is so perfectly written I think it should go in the Louvre as a piece of art. The song changes style about 10 times in the 9 and a half minutes that it's on for, and it is just so masterfully constructed it almost brings a tear to my eye.
    The lyrics that stick out are:
    You lie in your death bed now
    But what did you bring to the table
    Brought us only holy sin
    Utter trust is a deadly thing.
    To the prayer of holy peace
    We didn't know what was lying underneath
    So how could we be such fools
    And to think that we thought you the answer.
    I can't begin to understand in all the lies
    But on your death bed I can see it in you eyes
    Just as clear as all the sweat upon your brow
    It really makes sense I can see it clearly now.
    Tangled up in a web of lies
    Could have been a way to prophesize
    Unaware of the consequence
    Not aware of the secrets that you kept.
    Nothing that we could believe
    To reveal the facade of faceless men
    Not a thing that we could foresee
    Now a sign that would tell us the outcome.
    You had us all strung out with promises of peace
    But all along you cover plan was to deceive
    Can it put to rights now only time will tell
    Your prophecies will send us all to hell as well.

    UP THE IRONS!


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    I honestly have butterflies and a smelly bum
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    Hear Hear.
    Couldn't have put it any better mate.
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    Took over at Norwich
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    Just joined this as portsmouth. What an appalling team.
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    fords suck. VW is the way forward.
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    why ruin another teams thread? take it somewhere else.
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    Liverpool 2 - 0 Wigan Athletic.
    A win, finally:o
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    Looking back now. Chat was good in it's heyday, when it was controlled, I think there were too many mods in the end and also the fact that the devs didn't pay alot of attention to it. HOWEVER: It was just genuinely more fun back then, due to chat having alot of forumers, i.e me, dai, lee, matt, george, etc. we could talk in there and then add to the forum from it, for example being in the same setups. I just think it's got a bit old and a lot of us have grown up a bit. I was 15 and still at school when I started playing this game, I've been in a full time job for three years now and barely get the time to play this anymore. The fact is, some people get bored and move on, some stay and just become part of the furniture, you do get a select few who still stand out after all this time. I just think SM was more user friendly to begin with. It's getting more and more complicated, and expensive.
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    He was hit by an Octobus, actually.
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    Episode 18 - Coaching Badges

    Adam: Italy, eh?
    Bobo: Yes.
    Adam: Not Malta?
    Bobo: No.
    Tom: I thought we were going to Malta?
    Bobo: That was the initial idea, but it's currently impossible to fly into any Maltese airport.
    Mark: Why's that?
    Bobo: Well apparently there's been a mass outbreak of emus. Don't know how that happened. Honest.
    Dai: What shall we do then?
    Sam: I'm still looking at the travel guide. Ooh, what's this? A leaning tower of Pisa!
    Dai: Ooh, let's go visit.
    Lee: I wonder if there's a leaning tower of spaghetti. Now that'd be a feat of engineering.
    Dai: Will Pisa do?
    Lee: Meat feast please.
    Bobo: Shall we get going before we get thrown into a game of 'How many stupid puns and stereotypes can we make Lee go through in a day'?!
    Dai: Good idea.
    Lee: Let's-a go!
    Sam: Too late.

    Nath: God I hate coach journeys. Having to sit in a seat without seatbelts, chewing gum stuck on the back of the seat in front of you, staring away at you, it's red hot inside, but you can't open the window because the people in front will complain it's too cold, the air conditioner doesn't work, and the legroom is naff.
    Lee: If it helps, you can listen to my iPod. It always helps to make the trip go faster.
    Nath: Cheers.

    Nath: Erm, Lee?
    Lee: Not you again! What do you want to whinge about this time?
    Nath: All the songs on this iPod are silent! And I've got the volume up!
    Lee: Yeah, point?
    Nath: Point being that I don't see the point.
    Lee: Well, I find that having complete silence allows me to shut out the outside world.
    Nath: But can't you still hear everything?
    Lee: Nope, I just turn the volume up max and then I'm fine. The louder the silence, the better.
    Nath: I'd like to say that I see what you mean, but...
    Lee: Look, just borrow the iPod or not.
    Nath: I think you can have it. I'll just chat to Tom.

    Nath: Forget it.

    George: Let's play a game!
    Sam: Is it the keeping George quiet game?
    George: Even better! It's the count the road markings game!
    Sam: So how do I play it, so I know what I'm not going to do for the next hour?
    George: It's quite simple. For every white line you see on the road, you count it! You have to count every line, otherwise you lose. If you lose count, you also lose the game!
    Sam: I've never been so glad that I can't count higher than eight.
    George: Onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnineteneleventwel-*gasp* *gasp* Dammit! I missed a few now! Will have to start over, without pausing for breath! Okay! Onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnine.....
    Dai: For the last time Mark, I'm not interested in tractors.
    Mark: But these Italian ones are rare! The Zonda tractor packs an amazing 40 horsepower! You couldn't get that from a Massey!
    Dai: Yeah well my fist is currently packing around 100 horsepower and will be going from nought to your face in 0.5 seconds unless you hush up!
    Mark: Yes boss.
    Adam: Hurry up, coach, we need to get to Pisa before the stupidity infects us all!

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    iron maiden - satellite 15... The final frontier
    up the irons!
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    I'm not suprised he's a dumb kid he had just had his brain smashed out of his head through his ear!
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    No. Thats Ribery and Lucio's lovechild.
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    1:1Not Enough
    Hull City went into this game needing at least a win against fellow strugglers Fulham. Fulham on the other hand, could sacrifice a draw if needs be.
    Hull started off the stronger team when just 2 minutes into the game, Darren Fletcher played a stunning through ball to Marko Pantelic who ran onto it and shot from just outside the box, only to be parried away by goalkeeper Alexander Doni. Hull's creative juices were certainly flowing, and it didn't take long for them to break through. In the 14th minute,
    Marko Pantelic returned the favour to Darren Fletcher, who stayed just onside and whizzed passed a pedestrian Michal Kadlec and slid it under Doni's torso. 1-0 to the Tigers and they showed they were going for it.

    Fletcher gets the crowd going...
    The Hull City goal must've sparked Fulham into life as seconds later, Ivica Olic caught Nicola Burdisso napping and shot towards the top right hand side of the goal only for Sebastien Frey to pull off a sensational double handed save. But Fulham were not going to back off, and minutes later, Fernando Cavenaghi surged past Lucio and sky rocketed his shot from nothing more than 10 yards, Cavenaghi looked livid with himself.
    Finally Hull City got back into the game and a beautifully crafted run from Hamit Altintop, resulted in a scrappy headed clearance from Milos Ninkovic.
    Seconds later, a lovely counter attack from Fulham, saw Cavenaghi sprint into the box past Marcell Jansen, lined up a shot but took way too long and allowed Jansen to redeem his self for his mistake seconds earlier. Minutes before the end of the half, Hull City put the ball in the back of the net for a second time with a sweetly chipped goal from Mahamadou Diarra,
    only to find that he had been flagged offside. The last chance of the half fell to Milos Ninkovic, who surged into the box but misqueued his header from all of six yards. Half time at Craven Cottage and Hull City somewhat deserved their lead.
    Half time: Fulham 0-1 Hull City
    Second Half:
    The second half started off like the first when Mahamadou Diarra broke into the box after beating 2 defenders, only to slice his shot inches wide. Fulham must've had a strong team talk at half time as Milos Ninkovic got himself into a great position to pull off a spectacular bicycle kick only for it to go inches over the cross bar. Fabio Quagliarella, who had been quiet for most
    of the game, weaved his way past Ninkovic, and then flicked the ball through the legs of Gökhan Gonul, only for Gonul to bring down Fabio with his hands round his waste, only for Gonul to pick up a silly yellow card. Fulham came close again in the 67th minute when Cavenaghi hit his 3rd shot wide in the game. If Fulham ever needed him to actually bury a shot, it was right now.
    However 5 minutes later, Cavenaghi did break into the box and struck the ball at goal only for Frey once again to beat the ball away, only to the edge of the box, where Olic, infront of an open goal, performed a spectacular air shot, and completely missed the ball, for Lucio to clear. Finally though, as Hull fans feared, Milos Ninkovic dummied the ball past Sebastien Frey who prior to this had a sensational game, and Ninkovic slotted the ball into the empty net. Hull were piling the men forward knowing that they needed a goal before the end. and it looked to have come when Quagliarella lifted
    the ball over Doni as the ball bounced towards the goal and Pantelic ghosted into the area, only for Leandro Almeida to perform
    an expert sliding tackle to take Pantelic out and to clear the ball down the pitch as the final whistle blew.
    Hull City were down, and their fans knew it.

    Ninkovic slots the ball over the keeper and Lucio...
    Heartache For Hull

    The Hull boys against Man United earlier on this season...
    Hull City were last night heartbroken after their fate was sealed against Fulham. For Hull it was a must win game but at the end of 90 minutes, although the better of the two teams, could only come away with a 1-1 draw. Enough to keep the teams pride, but not enough to keep their Premier League spot. An emotional Darren Fletcher told us: "Despite us performing well tonight, It was not enough to warrant a place in next seasons top flight. All the boys wanted to do this for the fans, the boss and for ourselves,
    we were unlucky tonight but we hope to bounce back with a promotion next season." Fletcher, who joined 2 months ago has played a total of 10 games for the Tigers this term bagging his first goal for the club on the final day.
    The Tigers hitman Marko Pantelic added: "We haven't been consistent enough this season, When Sam joined the club, there were four games to go, with a great win against stoke, we then came up against 2 of the best teams in the league, it didn't look good for us after those games, and we knew that we had to perform against the Fulham boys tonight, We turned up for the game, no doubt about that, but unfortunately for our premier league spot, so did they." So after a hard fought game, Hull City will be playing championship football next season, and and emotional Wainwright added: "I am so proud of my lads tonight, we played well, it just wasn't going our way and in the end wasn't our night. I will be ringing in the changes and have already made a bid for a player I've had in my sights since I joined."
    It is now thought that since this bid, Nicklas Bendtner may well be on his way out of the club after 2 weeks ago, making an announcement that he wanted to leave the club to get first team football. Since the draw to Fulham, on loan Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returned to his club after failing to make a single appearance for Hull this term.
    Where Do They
    Go From Here?
    This is the exclusive lowdown for the team and who shall be here and who won't and who could be.
    Goalkeepers:


    Name: Sebastien Frey
    Age: 30
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Sure fire player to stay at the KC Stadium next season, has already expressed his desire to help get his team back into the premier league. No chance of the manager accepting any bids for the No.1 shot stopper. Played the last 6 games of the season, conceding 11 goals. Also has a hefty buy out clause of £42,000,000.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Tony Warner
    Age: 36
    Position: Goalkeeper
    On his way out of the club. Transfer listed by the club for around £600,000. Hasn't started a single game for the club this season
    and is surplus to requirements. Exeter City are the only club so far to declare an interest in the player. Could leave within the next
    few days.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Roberto Fernandez (Estudiantes)
    Age: 20
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Looks to be one of Wainwrights summer transfer targets. Could cost the club up to £6,000,000. No formal bid has been made as of yet.
    However it is not known yet if Hull will go ahead with the deal after he returns to Paraguain outfit Cerro Porteño.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility
    Name: Shuichi Gonda (Fulham)
    Age: 21
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Another young keeper, Gonda could move from Fulham to Hull City in a deal believed to be around £4,000,000. It is rumoured
    that manager Sam Wainwright will speak to Fulham representatives today about a possible transfer of the player.
    Verdict: Possibility


    Defenders:


    Name: Fabio Aurelio
    Age: 30
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    An awkward one to call, Aurelio has played 14 games for the Tigers this season, however new manager Sam Wainwright isn't
    one of Aurelio's biggest fans. Could leave the team if the price is right. A bid around £10,000,000 could do it.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Orlin Starokin
    Age: 23
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    Another sticky situation at the club. Starokin could also be on his way out and things don't look good for him. Started 2 games all season
    and is 3rd in line behind Marcell Jansen and Aurelio. Could leave the club for £700,000.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Marcell Jansen
    Age: 24
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    Dead cert to stay, just signed by the club and is a better player than both Fabio Aurelio and Orlin Starokin. Will be starting 11 for
    the Tigers in their Championship campaign.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ferreira Lucio
    Age: 32
    Position: Center Back
    Captain fantastic. The backbone of the club, recently signed a 5 year contract with the club and is marked as unavailable
    by the manager. Remaining captain next season and shall be crucial in their bid for success.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Iván Marcano
    Age: 22
    Position: Center Back/Left Back
    Another player who will stay. At the young age of 22, Marcano was one of the few players for Hull last season who played over
    20 games for the club. Will be tough to persuade Wainwright to sell the young Spaniard and looks certain to be there next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Michael Dawson
    Age: 26
    Position: Center Back
    Future is in doubt after starting just 7 games this season. Down in the pecking order behind Nicola Burdisso, Lucio and Iván Marcano.
    Could be sold to Gillingham, Sheffield United or Charlton Athletic, all of whom have declared interest in him. Could leave for £4,500,000.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Scott Dann
    Age: 23
    Position: Center Back
    Looks to be on his way out of the club. Brentford have declared interest, but as of yet have made no formal bid. Dann is the 4th best
    Center back at the club and the £3,000,000 on his head, Could go towards a better center back.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Liam Cooper
    Age: 18
    Position: Center Back
    The young prospect will probably be loaned out next season as I can't see him leaving the squad anytime in the future. He will be quite
    happy picking up first team football whilst on loan.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Nicolás Burdisso
    Age: 29
    Position: Left Back/Center Back/Right Back/Wing Back
    Burdisso for me is another stayer. Played 30 games last season for Hull and was incredible in almost every game. A key player in
    their bid for Premier League status next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ondrej Celustka (Slavia Praha)
    Age: 20
    Position: Left Back/Center Back/Right Back/Wing Back
    As versatile as Burdisso, at the age of 20, this lad has plenty to offer Hull City. Could be snapped up within the week with
    Hull being said to bid around £6,500,000. Looks a good prospect for the future and is desperate to play in England.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility


    Midfielders:


    Name: Vladimir Koman
    Age: 21
    Position: Left Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Another youngster, will go out on loan next season. No good reason for Wainwright to sell a player of this calibre and is a good
    prospect to replace Aurelio should he leave.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Hamit Altintop
    Age: 27
    Position: Right Midfield/Right Back
    Can play in midfield or defence. A recent signing for the new Championship outfit. Will stay at the club and will feature heavily
    in the team next season. Could well be their top assister next term.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Mahamadou Diarra
    Age: 29
    Position: Defensive Midfield/Center Midfield
    Another player to stay in my eyes. Played 17 games and scored 1 goal last season, another player in their key starting 11.
    Will stay strong throughout their season and could possibly be named Vice captain for next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ranieri Sandro
    Age: 21
    Position: Defensive Midfield/Center Midfield
    Youngster in to replace Diarra when his legs get tired. Definately a player to watch next season. Managed to rack up three goals
    in a total of 25 appearances last season and looks to do the same again this season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Darren Fletcher
    Age: 26
    Position: Center Midfield/Right Midfield
    A great asset to the squad and was a great signing by the former manager. Played 10 games for the club and added that
    special something to every match. Another player who won't be going anywhere.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Alberto Aquilani
    Age: 24
    Position: Center Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Hull City fans were shocked last night as it emerged that Wainwright was looking to offload Aquilani. Alberto has started 17 games
    this season, scoring 4 goals, whilst his record says he's safe, Wainwright could let him go in the near future, Sheffield United, Watford
    and Millwall have all declared interest in the Italian. However, Hull are looking for around £20,000,000 for him, which
    could stop the clubs in their tracks.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Otman Bakkal
    Age: 25
    Position: Center Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Could also leave sometime in the future. Despite playing 16 games last season, Bakkal is behind Aquilani, Fletcher, Diarra and
    Sandro in the pecking order. So far though, no clubs have shown an interest in the Dutchman.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Stephan El Shaawary
    Age: 17
    Position: Attacking Midfield
    The youngster formerly of Genoa managed to rack up 7 appearances last term which is a sensational feat for the 17 year old.
    Could be loaned out this season however judging by his performances on the pitch, he could keep his place in the first 23.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Silvestre Varela
    Age: 25
    Position: Attacking Midfield/Forward
    Varela has already been targeted by Watford, West Ham United & Derby County. The player looks certain to leave
    with the arrival of Quagliarella. Judging by the managers claims, he could be sold within the next 48 hours depending on other teams.
    Hull have issued a 'come and get him' plea. The offer stands at around £4,600,000.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Yohan Mollo (AS Monaco)
    Age: 20
    Position: Wing/Attacking Midfield
    A deal between Monaco and Hull seems to be completed. Hull representatives were in France last night and it is said Mollo will be
    undergoing his medical in 24 hours times.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility


    Strikers:


    Name: Fabio Quagliarella
    Age: 26
    Position: Forward
    A new addition to the team who has yet to score. Was used in a straight swap for Oscar Cardozo and looks to have his shooting
    boots ready for next season. Already a fan favourite, he won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Nicklas Bendtner
    Age: 22
    Position: Forward
    Bendtner has wanted out of the club since early march, playing just 13 games and scoring just 2, sums up his season.
    Will perhaps be leaving the club within the next 12 hours.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Marko Pantelic
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
    The seasons top scorer, with a lack luster 7 goals. Hull City will next season be hoping to his twice as many goals as they did this term.
    The Serbian recently signed a 2 year contract extension and has expressed his desire to help his team gain promotion.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Fernando Forestieri
    Age: 20
    Position: Forward/Attacking Midfield
    Forestieri is set to go on loan next season, however we are yet to know who with. Exeter City have been keeping tabs on him
    and could well offer a loan deal within the next week. However, Hull City are unlikely to sell.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Jefferson Farfan
    Age: 25
    Position: Forward/Wing
    The Schalke striker is a wanted man. Hull City, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley all have they're eye on him. A bid around £16,000,000
    could prize him from the grasp of the others.
    Verdict: Possibility
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    1:1Not Enough
    Hull City went into this game needing at least a win against fellow strugglers Fulham. Fulham on the other hand, could sacrifice a draw if needs be.
    Hull started off the stronger team when just 2 minutes into the game, Darren Fletcher played a stunning through ball to Marko Pantelic who ran onto it and shot from just outside the box, only to be parried away by goalkeeper Alexander Doni. Hull's creative juices were certainly flowing, and it didn't take long for them to break through. In the 14th minute,
    Marko Pantelic returned the favour to Darren Fletcher, who stayed just onside and whizzed passed a pedestrian Michal Kadlec and slid it under Doni's torso. 1-0 to the Tigers and they showed they were going for it.

    Fletcher gets the crowd going...
    The Hull City goal must've sparked Fulham into life as seconds later, Ivica Olic caught Nicola Burdisso napping and shot towards the top right hand side of the goal only for Sebastien Frey to pull off a sensational double handed save. But Fulham were not going to back off, and minutes later, Fernando Cavenaghi surged past Lucio and sky rocketed his shot from nothing more than 10 yards, Cavenaghi looked livid with himself.
    Finally Hull City got back into the game and a beautifully crafted run from Hamit Altintop, resulted in a scrappy headed clearance from Milos Ninkovic.
    Seconds later, a lovely counter attack from Fulham, saw Cavenaghi sprint into the box past Marcell Jansen, lined up a shot but took way too long and allowed Jansen to redeem his self for his mistake seconds earlier. Minutes before the end of the half, Hull City put the ball in the back of the net for a second time with a sweetly chipped goal from Mahamadou Diarra,
    only to find that he had been flagged offside. The last chance of the half fell to Milos Ninkovic, who surged into the box but misqueued his header from all of six yards. Half time at Craven Cottage and Hull City somewhat deserved their lead.
    Half time: Fulham 0-1 Hull City
    Second Half:
    The second half started off like the first when Mahamadou Diarra broke into the box after beating 2 defenders, only to slice his shot inches wide. Fulham must've had a strong team talk at half time as Milos Ninkovic got himself into a great position to pull off a spectacular bicycle kick only for it to go inches over the cross bar. Fabio Quagliarella, who had been quiet for most
    of the game, weaved his way past Ninkovic, and then flicked the ball through the legs of Gökhan Gonul, only for Gonul to bring down Fabio with his hands round his waste, only for Gonul to pick up a silly yellow card. Fulham came close again in the 67th minute when Cavenaghi hit his 3rd shot wide in the game. If Fulham ever needed him to actually bury a shot, it was right now.
    However 5 minutes later, Cavenaghi did break into the box and struck the ball at goal only for Frey once again to beat the ball away, only to the edge of the box, where Olic, infront of an open goal, performed a spectacular air shot, and completely missed the ball, for Lucio to clear. Finally though, as Hull fans feared, Milos Ninkovic dummied the ball past Sebastien Frey who prior to this had a sensational game, and Ninkovic slotted the ball into the empty net. Hull were piling the men forward knowing that they needed a goal before the end. and it looked to have come when Quagliarella lifted
    the ball over Doni as the ball bounced towards the goal and Pantelic ghosted into the area, only for Leandro Almeida to perform
    an expert sliding tackle to take Pantelic out and to clear the ball down the pitch as the final whistle blew.
    Hull City were down, and their fans knew it.

    Ninkovic slots the ball over the keeper and Lucio...
    Heartache For Hull

    The Hull boys against Man United earlier on this season...
    Hull City were last night heartbroken after their fate was sealed against Fulham. For Hull it was a must win game but at the end of 90 minutes, although the better of the two teams, could only come away with a 1-1 draw. Enough to keep the teams pride, but not enough to keep their Premier League spot. An emotional Darren Fletcher told us: "Despite us performing well tonight, It was not enough to warrant a place in next seasons top flight. All the boys wanted to do this for the fans, the boss and for ourselves,
    we were unlucky tonight but we hope to bounce back with a promotion next season." Fletcher, who joined 2 months ago has played a total of 10 games for the Tigers this term bagging his first goal for the club on the final day.
    The Tigers hitman Marko Pantelic added: "We haven't been consistent enough this season, When Sam joined the club, there were four games to go, with a great win against stoke, we then came up against 2 of the best teams in the league, it didn't look good for us after those games, and we knew that we had to perform against the Fulham boys tonight, We turned up for the game, no doubt about that, but unfortunately for our premier league spot, so did they." So after a hard fought game, Hull City will be playing championship football next season, and and emotional Wainwright added: "I am so proud of my lads tonight, we played well, it just wasn't going our way and in the end wasn't our night. I will be ringing in the changes and have already made a bid for a player I've had in my sights since I joined."
    It is now thought that since this bid, Nicklas Bendtner may well be on his way out of the club after 2 weeks ago, making an announcement that he wanted to leave the club to get first team football. Since the draw to Fulham, on loan Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returned to his club after failing to make a single appearance for Hull this term.
    Where Do They
    Go From Here?
    This is the exclusive lowdown for the team and who shall be here and who won't and who could be.
    Goalkeepers:


    Name: Sebastien Frey
    Age: 30
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Sure fire player to stay at the KC Stadium next season, has already expressed his desire to help get his team back into the premier league. No chance of the manager accepting any bids for the No.1 shot stopper. Played the last 6 games of the season, conceding 11 goals. Also has a hefty buy out clause of £42,000,000.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Tony Warner
    Age: 36
    Position: Goalkeeper
    On his way out of the club. Transfer listed by the club for around £600,000. Hasn't started a single game for the club this season
    and is surplus to requirements. Exeter City are the only club so far to declare an interest in the player. Could leave within the next
    few days.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Roberto Fernandez (Estudiantes)
    Age: 20
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Looks to be one of Wainwrights summer transfer targets. Could cost the club up to £6,000,000. No formal bid has been made as of yet.
    However it is not known yet if Hull will go ahead with the deal after he returns to Paraguain outfit Cerro Porteño.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility
    Name: Shuichi Gonda (Fulham)
    Age: 21
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Another young keeper, Gonda could move from Fulham to Hull City in a deal believed to be around £4,000,000. It is rumoured
    that manager Sam Wainwright will speak to Fulham representatives today about a possible transfer of the player.
    Verdict: Possibility


    Defenders:


    Name: Fabio Aurelio
    Age: 30
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    An awkward one to call, Aurelio has played 14 games for the Tigers this season, however new manager Sam Wainwright isn't
    one of Aurelio's biggest fans. Could leave the team if the price is right. A bid around £10,000,000 could do it.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Orlin Starokin
    Age: 23
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    Another sticky situation at the club. Starokin could also be on his way out and things don't look good for him. Started 2 games all season
    and is 3rd in line behind Marcell Jansen and Aurelio. Could leave the club for £700,000.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Marcell Jansen
    Age: 24
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    Dead cert to stay, just signed by the club and is a better player than both Fabio Aurelio and Orlin Starokin. Will be starting 11 for
    the Tigers in their Championship campaign.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ferreira Lucio
    Age: 32
    Position: Center Back
    Captain fantastic. The backbone of the club, recently signed a 5 year contract with the club and is marked as unavailable
    by the manager. Remaining captain next season and shall be crucial in their bid for success.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Iván Marcano
    Age: 22
    Position: Center Back/Left Back
    Another player who will stay. At the young age of 22, Marcano was one of the few players for Hull last season who played over
    20 games for the club. Will be tough to persuade Wainwright to sell the young Spaniard and looks certain to be there next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Michael Dawson
    Age: 26
    Position: Center Back
    Future is in doubt after starting just 7 games this season. Down in the pecking order behind Nicola Burdisso, Lucio and Iván Marcano.
    Could be sold to Gillingham, Sheffield United or Charlton Athletic, all of whom have declared interest in him. Could leave for £4,500,000.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Scott Dann
    Age: 23
    Position: Center Back
    Looks to be on his way out of the club. Brentford have declared interest, but as of yet have made no formal bid. Dann is the 4th best
    Center back at the club and the £3,000,000 on his head, Could go towards a better center back.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Liam Cooper
    Age: 18
    Position: Center Back
    The young prospect will probably be loaned out next season as I can't see him leaving the squad anytime in the future. He will be quite
    happy picking up first team football whilst on loan.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Nicolás Burdisso
    Age: 29
    Position: Left Back/Center Back/Right Back/Wing Back
    Burdisso for me is another stayer. Played 30 games last season for Hull and was incredible in almost every game. A key player in
    their bid for Premier League status next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ondrej Celustka (Slavia Praha)
    Age: 20
    Position: Left Back/Center Back/Right Back/Wing Back
    As versatile as Burdisso, at the age of 20, this lad has plenty to offer Hull City. Could be snapped up within the week with
    Hull being said to bid around £6,500,000. Looks a good prospect for the future and is desperate to play in England.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility


    Midfielders:


    Name: Vladimir Koman
    Age: 21
    Position: Left Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Another youngster, will go out on loan next season. No good reason for Wainwright to sell a player of this calibre and is a good
    prospect to replace Aurelio should he leave.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Hamit Altintop
    Age: 27
    Position: Right Midfield/Right Back
    Can play in midfield or defence. A recent signing for the new Championship outfit. Will stay at the club and will feature heavily
    in the team next season. Could well be their top assister next term.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Mahamadou Diarra
    Age: 29
    Position: Defensive Midfield/Center Midfield
    Another player to stay in my eyes. Played 17 games and scored 1 goal last season, another player in their key starting 11.
    Will stay strong throughout their season and could possibly be named Vice captain for next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ranieri Sandro
    Age: 21
    Position: Defensive Midfield/Center Midfield
    Youngster in to replace Diarra when his legs get tired. Definately a player to watch next season. Managed to rack up three goals
    in a total of 25 appearances last season and looks to do the same again this season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Darren Fletcher
    Age: 26
    Position: Center Midfield/Right Midfield
    A great asset to the squad and was a great signing by the former manager. Played 10 games for the club and added that
    special something to every match. Another player who won't be going anywhere.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Alberto Aquilani
    Age: 24
    Position: Center Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Hull City fans were shocked last night as it emerged that Wainwright was looking to offload Aquilani. Alberto has started 17 games
    this season, scoring 4 goals, whilst his record says he's safe, Wainwright could let him go in the near future, Sheffield United, Watford
    and Millwall have all declared interest in the Italian. However, Hull are looking for around £20,000,000 for him, which
    could stop the clubs in their tracks.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Otman Bakkal
    Age: 25
    Position: Center Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Could also leave sometime in the future. Despite playing 16 games last season, Bakkal is behind Aquilani, Fletcher, Diarra and
    Sandro in the pecking order. So far though, no clubs have shown an interest in the Dutchman.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Stephan El Shaawary
    Age: 17
    Position: Attacking Midfield
    The youngster formerly of Genoa managed to rack up 7 appearances last term which is a sensational feat for the 17 year old.
    Could be loaned out this season however judging by his performances on the pitch, he could keep his place in the first 23.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Silvestre Varela
    Age: 25
    Position: Attacking Midfield/Forward
    Varela has already been targeted by Watford, West Ham United & Derby County. The player looks certain to leave
    with the arrival of Quagliarella. Judging by the managers claims, he could be sold within the next 48 hours depending on other teams.
    Hull have issued a 'come and get him' plea. The offer stands at around £4,600,000.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Yohan Mollo (AS Monaco)
    Age: 20
    Position: Wing/Attacking Midfield
    A deal between Monaco and Hull seems to be completed. Hull representatives were in France last night and it is said Mollo will be
    undergoing his medical in 24 hours times.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility


    Strikers:


    Name: Fabio Quagliarella
    Age: 26
    Position: Forward
    A new addition to the team who has yet to score. Was used in a straight swap for Oscar Cardozo and looks to have his shooting
    boots ready for next season. Already a fan favourite, he won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Nicklas Bendtner
    Age: 22
    Position: Forward
    Bendtner has wanted out of the club since early march, playing just 13 games and scoring just 2, sums up his season.
    Will perhaps be leaving the club within the next 12 hours.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Marko Pantelic
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
    The seasons top scorer, with a lack luster 7 goals. Hull City will next season be hoping to his twice as many goals as they did this term.
    The Serbian recently signed a 2 year contract extension and has expressed his desire to help his team gain promotion.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Fernando Forestieri
    Age: 20
    Position: Forward/Attacking Midfield
    Forestieri is set to go on loan next season, however we are yet to know who with. Exeter City have been keeping tabs on him
    and could well offer a loan deal within the next week. However, Hull City are unlikely to sell.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Jefferson Farfan
    Age: 25
    Position: Forward/Wing
    The Schalke striker is a wanted man. Hull City, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley all have they're eye on him. A bid around £16,000,000
    could prize him from the grasp of the others.
    Verdict: Possibility
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    1:1Not Enough
    Hull City went into this game needing at least a win against fellow strugglers Fulham. Fulham on the other hand, could sacrifice a draw if needs be.
    Hull started off the stronger team when just 2 minutes into the game, Darren Fletcher played a stunning through ball to Marko Pantelic who ran onto it and shot from just outside the box, only to be parried away by goalkeeper Alexander Doni. Hull's creative juices were certainly flowing, and it didn't take long for them to break through. In the 14th minute,
    Marko Pantelic returned the favour to Darren Fletcher, who stayed just onside and whizzed passed a pedestrian Michal Kadlec and slid it under Doni's torso. 1-0 to the Tigers and they showed they were going for it.

    Fletcher gets the crowd going...
    The Hull City goal must've sparked Fulham into life as seconds later, Ivica Olic caught Nicola Burdisso napping and shot towards the top right hand side of the goal only for Sebastien Frey to pull off a sensational double handed save. But Fulham were not going to back off, and minutes later, Fernando Cavenaghi surged past Lucio and sky rocketed his shot from nothing more than 10 yards, Cavenaghi looked livid with himself.
    Finally Hull City got back into the game and a beautifully crafted run from Hamit Altintop, resulted in a scrappy headed clearance from Milos Ninkovic.
    Seconds later, a lovely counter attack from Fulham, saw Cavenaghi sprint into the box past Marcell Jansen, lined up a shot but took way too long and allowed Jansen to redeem his self for his mistake seconds earlier. Minutes before the end of the half, Hull City put the ball in the back of the net for a second time with a sweetly chipped goal from Mahamadou Diarra,
    only to find that he had been flagged offside. The last chance of the half fell to Milos Ninkovic, who surged into the box but misqueued his header from all of six yards. Half time at Craven Cottage and Hull City somewhat deserved their lead.
    Half time: Fulham 0-1 Hull City
    Second Half:
    The second half started off like the first when Mahamadou Diarra broke into the box after beating 2 defenders, only to slice his shot inches wide. Fulham must've had a strong team talk at half time as Milos Ninkovic got himself into a great position to pull off a spectacular bicycle kick only for it to go inches over the cross bar. Fabio Quagliarella, who had been quiet for most
    of the game, weaved his way past Ninkovic, and then flicked the ball through the legs of Gökhan Gonul, only for Gonul to bring down Fabio with his hands round his waste, only for Gonul to pick up a silly yellow card. Fulham came close again in the 67th minute when Cavenaghi hit his 3rd shot wide in the game. If Fulham ever needed him to actually bury a shot, it was right now.
    However 5 minutes later, Cavenaghi did break into the box and struck the ball at goal only for Frey once again to beat the ball away, only to the edge of the box, where Olic, infront of an open goal, performed a spectacular air shot, and completely missed the ball, for Lucio to clear. Finally though, as Hull fans feared, Milos Ninkovic dummied the ball past Sebastien Frey who prior to this had a sensational game, and Ninkovic slotted the ball into the empty net. Hull were piling the men forward knowing that they needed a goal before the end. and it looked to have come when Quagliarella lifted
    the ball over Doni as the ball bounced towards the goal and Pantelic ghosted into the area, only for Leandro Almeida to perform
    an expert sliding tackle to take Pantelic out and to clear the ball down the pitch as the final whistle blew.
    Hull City were down, and their fans knew it.

    Ninkovic slots the ball over the keeper and Lucio...
    Heartache For Hull

    The Hull boys against Man United earlier on this season...
    Hull City were last night heartbroken after their fate was sealed against Fulham. For Hull it was a must win game but at the end of 90 minutes, although the better of the two teams, could only come away with a 1-1 draw. Enough to keep the teams pride, but not enough to keep their Premier League spot. An emotional Darren Fletcher told us: "Despite us performing well tonight, It was not enough to warrant a place in next seasons top flight. All the boys wanted to do this for the fans, the boss and for ourselves,
    we were unlucky tonight but we hope to bounce back with a promotion next season." Fletcher, who joined 2 months ago has played a total of 10 games for the Tigers this term bagging his first goal for the club on the final day.
    The Tigers hitman Marko Pantelic added: "We haven't been consistent enough this season, When Sam joined the club, there were four games to go, with a great win against stoke, we then came up against 2 of the best teams in the league, it didn't look good for us after those games, and we knew that we had to perform against the Fulham boys tonight, We turned up for the game, no doubt about that, but unfortunately for our premier league spot, so did they." So after a hard fought game, Hull City will be playing championship football next season, and and emotional Wainwright added: "I am so proud of my lads tonight, we played well, it just wasn't going our way and in the end wasn't our night. I will be ringing in the changes and have already made a bid for a player I've had in my sights since I joined."
    It is now thought that since this bid, Nicklas Bendtner may well be on his way out of the club after 2 weeks ago, making an announcement that he wanted to leave the club to get first team football. Since the draw to Fulham, on loan Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returned to his club after failing to make a single appearance for Hull this term.
    Where Do They
    Go From Here?
    This is the exclusive lowdown for the team and who shall be here and who won't and who could be.
    Goalkeepers:


    Name: Sebastien Frey
    Age: 30
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Sure fire player to stay at the KC Stadium next season, has already expressed his desire to help get his team back into the premier league. No chance of the manager accepting any bids for the No.1 shot stopper. Played the last 6 games of the season, conceding 11 goals. Also has a hefty buy out clause of £42,000,000.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Tony Warner
    Age: 36
    Position: Goalkeeper
    On his way out of the club. Transfer listed by the club for around £600,000. Hasn't started a single game for the club this season
    and is surplus to requirements. Exeter City are the only club so far to declare an interest in the player. Could leave within the next
    few days.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Roberto Fernandez (Estudiantes)
    Age: 20
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Looks to be one of Wainwrights summer transfer targets. Could cost the club up to £6,000,000. No formal bid has been made as of yet.
    However it is not known yet if Hull will go ahead with the deal after he returns to Paraguain outfit Cerro Porteño.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility
    Name: Shuichi Gonda (Fulham)
    Age: 21
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Another young keeper, Gonda could move from Fulham to Hull City in a deal believed to be around £4,000,000. It is rumoured
    that manager Sam Wainwright will speak to Fulham representatives today about a possible transfer of the player.
    Verdict: Possibility


    Defenders:


    Name: Fabio Aurelio
    Age: 30
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    An awkward one to call, Aurelio has played 14 games for the Tigers this season, however new manager Sam Wainwright isn't
    one of Aurelio's biggest fans. Could leave the team if the price is right. A bid around £10,000,000 could do it.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Orlin Starokin
    Age: 23
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    Another sticky situation at the club. Starokin could also be on his way out and things don't look good for him. Started 2 games all season
    and is 3rd in line behind Marcell Jansen and Aurelio. Could leave the club for £700,000.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Marcell Jansen
    Age: 24
    Position: Left Back/Left Midfield
    Dead cert to stay, just signed by the club and is a better player than both Fabio Aurelio and Orlin Starokin. Will be starting 11 for
    the Tigers in their Championship campaign.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ferreira Lucio
    Age: 32
    Position: Center Back
    Captain fantastic. The backbone of the club, recently signed a 5 year contract with the club and is marked as unavailable
    by the manager. Remaining captain next season and shall be crucial in their bid for success.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Iván Marcano
    Age: 22
    Position: Center Back/Left Back
    Another player who will stay. At the young age of 22, Marcano was one of the few players for Hull last season who played over
    20 games for the club. Will be tough to persuade Wainwright to sell the young Spaniard and looks certain to be there next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Michael Dawson
    Age: 26
    Position: Center Back
    Future is in doubt after starting just 7 games this season. Down in the pecking order behind Nicola Burdisso, Lucio and Iván Marcano.
    Could be sold to Gillingham, Sheffield United or Charlton Athletic, all of whom have declared interest in him. Could leave for £4,500,000.
    Verdict: 50/50
    Name: Scott Dann
    Age: 23
    Position: Center Back
    Looks to be on his way out of the club. Brentford have declared interest, but as of yet have made no formal bid. Dann is the 4th best
    Center back at the club and the £3,000,000 on his head, Could go towards a better center back.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Liam Cooper
    Age: 18
    Position: Center Back
    The young prospect will probably be loaned out next season as I can't see him leaving the squad anytime in the future. He will be quite
    happy picking up first team football whilst on loan.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Nicolás Burdisso
    Age: 29
    Position: Left Back/Center Back/Right Back/Wing Back
    Burdisso for me is another stayer. Played 30 games last season for Hull and was incredible in almost every game. A key player in
    their bid for Premier League status next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ondrej Celustka (Slavia Praha)
    Age: 20
    Position: Left Back/Center Back/Right Back/Wing Back
    As versatile as Burdisso, at the age of 20, this lad has plenty to offer Hull City. Could be snapped up within the week with
    Hull being said to bid around £6,500,000. Looks a good prospect for the future and is desperate to play in England.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility


    Midfielders:


    Name: Vladimir Koman
    Age: 21
    Position: Left Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Another youngster, will go out on loan next season. No good reason for Wainwright to sell a player of this calibre and is a good
    prospect to replace Aurelio should he leave.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Hamit Altintop
    Age: 27
    Position: Right Midfield/Right Back
    Can play in midfield or defence. A recent signing for the new Championship outfit. Will stay at the club and will feature heavily
    in the team next season. Could well be their top assister next term.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Mahamadou Diarra
    Age: 29
    Position: Defensive Midfield/Center Midfield
    Another player to stay in my eyes. Played 17 games and scored 1 goal last season, another player in their key starting 11.
    Will stay strong throughout their season and could possibly be named Vice captain for next season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Ranieri Sandro
    Age: 21
    Position: Defensive Midfield/Center Midfield
    Youngster in to replace Diarra when his legs get tired. Definately a player to watch next season. Managed to rack up three goals
    in a total of 25 appearances last season and looks to do the same again this season.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Darren Fletcher
    Age: 26
    Position: Center Midfield/Right Midfield
    A great asset to the squad and was a great signing by the former manager. Played 10 games for the club and added that
    special something to every match. Another player who won't be going anywhere.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Alberto Aquilani
    Age: 24
    Position: Center Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Hull City fans were shocked last night as it emerged that Wainwright was looking to offload Aquilani. Alberto has started 17 games
    this season, scoring 4 goals, whilst his record says he's safe, Wainwright could let him go in the near future, Sheffield United, Watford
    and Millwall have all declared interest in the Italian. However, Hull are looking for around £20,000,000 for him, which
    could stop the clubs in their tracks.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Otman Bakkal
    Age: 25
    Position: Center Midfield/Attacking Midfield
    Could also leave sometime in the future. Despite playing 16 games last season, Bakkal is behind Aquilani, Fletcher, Diarra and
    Sandro in the pecking order. So far though, no clubs have shown an interest in the Dutchman.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Stephan El Shaawary
    Age: 17
    Position: Attacking Midfield
    The youngster formerly of Genoa managed to rack up 7 appearances last term which is a sensational feat for the 17 year old.
    Could be loaned out this season however judging by his performances on the pitch, he could keep his place in the first 23.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Silvestre Varela
    Age: 25
    Position: Attacking Midfield/Forward
    Varela has already been targeted by Watford, West Ham United & Derby County. The player looks certain to leave
    with the arrival of Quagliarella. Judging by the managers claims, he could be sold within the next 48 hours depending on other teams.
    Hull have issued a 'come and get him' plea. The offer stands at around £4,600,000.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Yohan Mollo (AS Monaco)
    Age: 20
    Position: Wing/Attacking Midfield
    A deal between Monaco and Hull seems to be completed. Hull representatives were in France last night and it is said Mollo will be
    undergoing his medical in 24 hours times.
    Verdict: Strong Possibility


    Strikers:


    Name: Fabio Quagliarella
    Age: 26
    Position: Forward
    A new addition to the team who has yet to score. Was used in a straight swap for Oscar Cardozo and looks to have his shooting
    boots ready for next season. Already a fan favourite, he won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Nicklas Bendtner
    Age: 22
    Position: Forward
    Bendtner has wanted out of the club since early march, playing just 13 games and scoring just 2, sums up his season.
    Will perhaps be leaving the club within the next 12 hours.
    Verdict: Out
    Name: Marko Pantelic
    Age: 31
    Position: Forward
    The seasons top scorer, with a lack luster 7 goals. Hull City will next season be hoping to his twice as many goals as they did this term.
    The Serbian recently signed a 2 year contract extension and has expressed his desire to help his team gain promotion.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Fernando Forestieri
    Age: 20
    Position: Forward/Attacking Midfield
    Forestieri is set to go on loan next season, however we are yet to know who with. Exeter City have been keeping tabs on him
    and could well offer a loan deal within the next week. However, Hull City are unlikely to sell.
    Verdict: Staying
    Name: Jefferson Farfan
    Age: 25
    Position: Forward/Wing
    The Schalke striker is a wanted man. Hull City, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley all have they're eye on him. A bid around £16,000,000
    could prize him from the grasp of the others.
    Verdict: Possibility
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    Transfer Gossip and News


    The First addition of Ashley Duffy's tansfer Gossip and News for EC 5579 is here. Bettween each turn we will report on possible Transfer deals and other news that we hope will intrest the managers of this fine set up. We can't promise that all these transfers are true but we will try our best to break the news to you first !, The layout of this post will be in three sections with Transfer Gossip , Other Gossip and in future weeks a interview with a top manager about transfer policy an future signings/deals etc. Enjoy
    Transfer Gossip

    Lionel Messi looks set to leave Barcelona with the Spanish club consedering an undesclosed offer from Arsenal believed to be in the region of £50,000,000 or Arshavin + Nasri + £15,000,000
    BBC Sport
    If Messi dosen't leave for Arsenal this off season many other English clubs will look to tempt him to England with Chelsea, Manchester United, Peterborough United, Liverpool, Swansea City, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United all interest in a multi million pound deal.
    The Sun
    Wayne Bridge is on his way to Union Espanola if reports coming from the 29 year olds agent are true. He will sign some time today with the fee of £7,200,000 already beng agreed between the two clubs.
    The Times
    Aston Villa have sold Thiago Silva to fellow division one side Liverpool for £4,500,000 with Liverpool centre half Subotic coming in the other direction to fill the gap left by Silva.
    Aston Villa Website
    Marco Materazzi and Josh Simpson will also be on the way out of the door at Villa after both being transfer listed and told they have no future at the club. Simpson was a £55,000 signing at the start of the season while Materazzi cost £2,800,000 from Inter. Villa will look to make a consederable profit on the duo.
    Goal.com
    Tottenham have made a offer believed to be Ronaldinhio + cash for big swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The striker who currently plays for Spanish side Barcelona could link up with his new side as early as tommorow.
    Daily Mail
    22 year old Mark Davies is being linked with a multi million pound deal to take him from Bolton to Swansea. The young midfielder has spent most of season 1 out on loan to lower division teams and now wants to leave Bolton to get playing time. Bolton will look to hold out for a fee in the region of £2,800,000 however.
    Sky Sports News
    Ex Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini could leave Everton after Everton manager Fercasti put the Italian for sale. The midfielder was one of Everton's top performers in season one playing 33 games and achieving and average performance of 7.03
    Daily Mail
    Adrián Gabbarini could be moving back to Argentina after Bristol City acsepted a bid of £3,200,000 from his former club Independiente. The young Kepper was also attracting intrest from Plymouth.
    Fottynet.com
    After a long running transfer saga Aaron Maclean of Peterborough could finally be leaving the club after Nottingham Forest made a bid in the region of £1,500,000. This still may not be enough for Peterborough who rate the striker at £2,500,000.
    Goal.com
    Sunderland are eyeing up a deal to bring in young Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic from Division 2 side Ipswich. The 22 year old would be allowed to go if a bid of £9,800,000 came in due to Ipswich wanting funds to bring in fresh faces and Rakitic being concerned at the lack of matches he has played for Ipswich in season one.
    The Mirror
    Danny Butterfield will be playing for Nottingham Forest next season after a £1,600,000 deal was agreed with Preston North End for the 30 year old.
    The Sun
    Tom Cairney is going nowere according to reports coming out of Bolton today the young scottish midfielder had been linked with a £2,000,000 deal to leave the club after joining for only £500,000 at the start of the season. Swansea City, Peterborough United, Bradford City and Milton Keynes Dons are said to be intrested in the midfielder.
    Boltonwanderers.com
    Bolton Wanderers did make there first signing of the season however with Matej Delac coming to the club from fellow Division 1 side Fulham. The Young Goalkeeper cost £3,750,000 but is expected to go out on loan next season to pick up valuable game time.
    The Inderpendant
    Brighton Hove Albion will be looking to sell most of there current first team squad with Manager Ed Moses looking to improve the team in order for them to compete in Division 3 Next season.
    Sky Sports News
    Other Gossip

    Jake Alexiuk has decided to resign from Nottingham Forest after 8 games in charge. The young manager stated that he wanted a new challange as the league wasnt intresting him any more.
    The Guardian
    One man who may be intrested in taking over Nottingham Forest is Elliot Sutcliffe who quit as manager of Oldham last night, stating that he needed a new challange,
    The Echo
    The Offical EC 5579 awards evening is set to take place in the not to distant future with all managers from all the 4 divisions expected to vote and turn up to the event. There will be awards on offer such as personality of the year to Top goal scorer.
    SM times
    Manager Interview


    Due to this being the First week of the the Transfer and gossip post there will not be an interview with any manager.


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    King Joins in Controversial Move

    Convict Marlon King has joined Shorpe in a controverial move

    Shorpe United are in the spotlight of controversy after completing the move of jailbird Marlon King who will be the clubs main striker this season. A deal for Sidibe looked less and less likely, leaving Shorpe's main prioritys set on King despite the risks of a possible deal media wise as Marlon King was mobbed by the media when arriving at Glanford Park.
    King joins in a £2,850,000, what would of been a small price not that long ago. But after spending time in prison, after the former Watford, Middlesbrough & Wigan striker was alleged to have assaulted a young women in a nightclub. King has spent some time in prison, but is now out and arriving at Shorpe where he will look to ignore the media and get back to his football with a chance to prove himself once again in British football with Shorpe United under some experience in management in Aidan Radford.
    Shorpe had originally targeted former Swansea City striker Madamy Sidibe but he looks like he wont be joining Shorpe afterall. This left Shorpe looking to bring in both Marlon King, aswell as Benjani and with the Benjani offer still awaiting no reply they agreed a deal to sign free-agent Marlon King for a nominal price tag. King will be expected to score at least 10 goals this season, as Shorpe's main strikers but King will target more than that which will be needed if he's going to be respected back in British football after his prison sentece.
    King aswell as Shorpe boss Aidan Radford are both looking to try and restore the strikers reputation. Radford insists that he's still the striker who was the leadman of the Watford attack when they won promotion to the Premiership, and not the striker who could only manage one goal at his time at Hull City. He believes that management is the key, and that he will be needed to try and re-ignite Marlon King's career at Shorpe where he could just get the British media back on his side and this time for good.
    Shorpe Miss Out on Barton & Sidibe

    Both Madamy Sidibe and Joey Barton wont end up joining Shorpe afterall


    With one striker signed, another one was missed out on with Shorpe United missing out on the signing of former Swansea City & Gillingham strike Madamy Sidibe from Stoke, as he's set for a shocking move to Brazil. Whilst Shorpe have missed out on midfielder Joey Barton at Newcastle aswell, as they looked for a solid midfielder to hold the centre of midfield with Barton an ideal candiate.
    Shorpe have been looking for a striker to lead the line of attack ever since Radford took over the club, that was a key part of his game plan at Shorpe as he insists that goals are the key in Division 2. Sidibe fell into that catergory, with the forward right in his price range and Shorpe were always looking to agree a deal with Stoke City to sign Sidibe but it just never went through as the striker ended up at Internacional in Brazil as part of a deal for Sandro. The Iron boss was dissapointed about the deal, but knew about in advance and could soon later agree a deal to sign Marlon King who the Shorpe boss believes will be just as capable to lead the attacking line this season.
    Joey Barton was also missed out on, when had a deal gone through it would have been another controversial signing as it seems the Iron boss is not too worried to make risks since joining the club. The Shorpe boss earlier signed convict Marlon King, and another convict in Joey Barton almost found his way up at Shorpe. A £3,400,000 had been made by Shorpe to Newcastle, and although Barton will be leaving the club it seems it wont be to Shorpe as he's set for a move abroad in what will be a fresh start for the midfielder.
    The Shorpe boss took some critism for approaching Barton for a possible transfer, after signing Marlon King earlier this morning. But backed up his decision to the press, insisting that he's at the quality were looking at, and perhaps beyond that. He wont on to say, that under the right boss he would be a class act in the Premiership, like he once was, in a similar situation to King, and he's unhappy about missing out on him. They will keep on looking to bring in players in midfield though, in area that needs strengthening before the start of the season.
    Mark Davies Joins in Loan Swoop

    Davies joins in a loan move, as he's set for first team football at Shorpe

    Shorpe have announced there second loan signing of the season, in young Bolton midfielder Mark Davies who joins Asmir Begovic as the second signing in the loan market. The Iron boss is looking for a third and final loan signing soon though, to follow names like Begovic & Davis with likely candiates being Swansea's Lee Trundle & Wolves Andrew Keogh as potential strikers or possibly wingers in the case of Andy Keogh.
    Mark Davies is set be a regular in the centre of midfield, although who's set to play alongside him is yet to be known, with other targets for wingers currently being looked at before a partner for Davies although Shorpe see this signing as a result. Although not a great short term signing, Davies is a player that the Shorpe boss does see as one for the future. He may look to loan Davies in future seasons, or turn this move into a permanant move somewhere along the line but in short Shorpe are more than happy about the deal.
    Davis is expected to get regular football at Shorpe, but it's easier said then done. The Shorpe side will progress over the course of the season, so Davis will look to get down and put in the performances of a high standard to impress the Shorpe boss and put him in his good books. A good start to the season could lead to a regular spot in the squad throughout he season, so Davis will be looked at closely over the first few weeks at his progress with a bad start possibly seeing him return to Bolton Wanderers although the Shorpe boss has laughed off claims off that.
    With signings in midfield, Andrew Keogh is another potential loan signing as a very attacking winger and one that the Swansea boss likes as a player. Keogh would be an ideal signing for Shorpe, but the Wolves boss wont be too keen to loan a talent like Keogh out with Wolves a potential candidate to get held up in a relegation battle at the bottom of Divison 1. Another target is Boudewijn Zenden, from Sunderland who would cost Shorpe in the region of £3,500,000. Zenden has a lot of experience, and a versatile player who can play right across the midfield so Shorpe will look to get a deal done and dusted with Sunderland.
    Coaching Staff Arrive

    Gary Speed joins Shorpe, along with Andy Legg as the new coaching staff

    Shorpe United have made some controversial signings so far, with the signing of Marlon King and the attempted signing of Joey Barton but none are more so then two arrivals both at the age of 40 or over. Welsh duo Andy Legg & Gary Speed have both worked with Iron boss Aidan Radford on numerous occasions and that will once again be the case as they become the new coaching staff at Shorpe, aswell as signing player contracts.
    Gary Speed is a Welsh ledgend, playing for the likes of Everton, Bolton & Newcastle but he'll now look down to life in Division 2 on a more regular basis after leaving promotion candiates Sheffield United to take over the assistant managers vacancy at Shorpe. It's a chance for Speed to work with Radford once again, with the fourty year old veteran signing a player contract aswell and he may just feature this season for Shorpe. Shorpe were left to give £700,000 to Sheffield United, so when Speed does play he will need to show his quality, as that sort of money can not afford to be thrown out the window at Shorpe with a very tight budget.
    The other arrival was off former Swansea & Cardiff ledgend Andy Legg, with the 43 year old taking over as the head coach at Glanford Park. This means less football for Legg, who was playing regularly at Llanelli whilst managing the club but perhaps that is a good thing as Legg will have more time to focus on his job as head coach of Shorpe. He joined in a straight swap deal for young Adam Boyes and Legg's long throw may be called into action when needed to as an extra weapon whilst Legg is on the field.
    This is another transfer that left the Iron boss needing to explain his decision for his signings, with a total of £700,000 paid on fee's for coaching staff. Both Speed & Legg will count towards the squad total of 24, including three loan signing and the Shorpe boss was asked if it would not be better to sign youth players with that money or players with more potential. But the Shorpe boss insisted that experience was needed, a lot of it would be if Shorpe were going to achieve there aims and they are two cools heads with a lot of knowledge for the game.

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    Eye Of The Tiger
    New Hull City manager Sam Wainwright has made his intentions perfectly clear today for the Tigers. Wainwright told how his main priority is to save the struggling team from relegation. He stated: "We're in a dangerous position right now and me and the backroom staff intend to do what we can to get us out of it. Possibly we could have to bolster the squad or remove anyone who isn't of sufficient calibre for this squad. I have no hesitation changing things around for the better." Things have already begun to change amongst the Hull ranks with the first casualty looking to be Trinidad and Tobago keeper Tony Warner. Warner who has never made an appearance for the club has been added to the transfer list along with Bulgarian Midfielder Orlin Starokin. Staying with Wainwrights new squad, when asked about Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner's frustration at his lack of games, Wainwright seemed in good spirits as he told us: "Nicklas will get games if I think he performs well in training, and I plan to include him in our next game anyway." Nicklas has since issued a statement saying: "I hope to play under my new manager and not struggle like I did under Jared."

    Nicklas training yesterday
    Captain Fantastic
    Since Wainwrights appointment, he has named Ferreira Lucio as the clubs captain and Sebastien Frey as the vice captain. Ian Ashbee had been previous captain for the Tigers but has recently had a heart-to-heart with Wainwright and has decided to step down, creating rumours that Ashbee may be on his way out of the club. Wainwright claimed: "Ian spoke to me this morning about the fact he didn't deserve to be captain of the squad anymore as he was starting to blend into the furniture, I respect his decision and somewhat disagree too, but it's totally up to my team and I have full confidence in my players." Upon hearing his appointment of captaincy, Lucio spoke of his delight: "I cannot wait to put the armband on on saturday, I feel I've earned it this season and look forward to leading my team-mates and friends onto the pitch on saturday evening." Other news amongst the club is the fact that Chelsea legend and former West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke has been named as Wainwrights new right hand man.

    Lucio celebrates his double against Villa
    Transfer Talk


    Rumours around the club have leaked that Hull City Scout Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been spotted near Munich Airport after landing in Germany, reportedly going to VfL Bochum for a possible deal for Slovakian striker Stanislav Sestak.
    Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic is said to be a target for Hull City, it is thought a bid around £14,750,000 Would be a sufficient bid to tempt him
    from the London outfits grasp.
    Liverpool Left back Marcelo is rumoured to be interested in a move to the Tigers, it appears Wainwright has enquired about the Brazilian already this morning.
    Hull City are apparently keeping tabs on Ipswich Towns Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Ipswich have asked for around £9,900,000 for the wantaway player.

    I Envy Patricks Pompy
    When speaking about the league he has come into, Wainwright told us of his envy for fellow strugglers Portsmouth. Wainwright claimed: "It's scary, to look at their team of players and then look at ours, if their struggling then how is there hope for us? I believe Patrick can keep them up and so do the team, they're a strong squad and would never deserve to play Championship football, I hope for the good of the Footballing world, Portsmouth stay up this season." It is unsure how Patrick Coll will react to Wainwrights positive words.
    Rest Of Season
    With only four games to go, Stoke City are certain to be playing Championship football next season after getting a measly 18 points out of their 34 Premier League matches this season. Despite Stokes lowly score, Amazingly 10 teams are still chasing safety this week. Manchester City, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Fulham, Burnley, Wolves and Hull City are all attempting to stay up, with just 10 points seperating 19th and 9th, theres even a possibility that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hull City could both finish in the top 10! despite those being very very slim chances. The two Manchester teams can secure their Premier League status' on saturday where City play Blackburn, if either team win, they are safe from relegation, whereas Man United play Tottenham Hotspur who are cruising in 6th position this season. With regards to the bottom four clubs fighting for safety; Fulham, Burnley, Wolves and Hull, each team do not have it easy in their last 4 games this season.

    Wolves and Fulham play each other on saturday with just 1 point seperating them, a win for either team, is definately a six pointers. Wolves following game is against top of the league Liverpool which is a worrying one for the Wolves as Liverpool have only lost 6 games throughout the season. Wolves last two games of the season are against fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic and a Blackburn rovers team that have lost their last 5 games.

    Burnley take on 15th position Portsmouth on saturday and that there is another six pointer game. Following that is a tricky tie at Goodison park where they play Everton who are 5th in the table this season and going for Europe. However some people are already calling their penultimate game against Stoke an "Easy Win", Although Burnley will have to be on their game to overcome the Potters. Burnley's final game of the season is away to the Gunners. Arsenal are 4th and look good value for the win.

    After the Wolves tie, Fulham host Tottenham at Craven Cottage. Tottenham will surely have a hand in one of the 4 teams to go down this season. Fulham then travel to 15th position Birmingham in a must win game. The Cottagers final game of the season is at home against 2nd from bottom Hull City, if the relegation battle goes down to the final day, this will surely be a key match in their season.

    Hull City's last four games are not easy by any means, their first game on saturday is at home to doomed Stoke City, if Hull pull off a win, they will surely feel more comfortable depending on how the teams around them get on. They then travel to 4th placed Arsenal and at best will try for a draw. Then comes the two pivotal games in Hulls season. This seasons Underachievers Manchester United travel to the KC Stadium where Hull almost certainly have to pull off a win to have a realistic chance of survival. The Final game of the season is against Fulham and will definately be one to watch.


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