Date: 4th January 2017 at 8:44am
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While we all predicted that Gary Rowett would, one day, end up in the Premier League, we didn`t think we`d be welcoming him back the Championship so soon after. The Hull City job, for which Rowett is the front runner, is a mammoth task.

Steve Bruce resigned from the KCOM Stadium in the summer after leading them to promotion, Mike Phelan was the man earmarked to guide through a season of safety. After a good start, it all went pear shaped for Phelan. His players were struggling, he has a limited squad and the club`s hierarchy refuse to invest significantly in the transfer window.

That is what Rowett will be taking on.

Ever since he was controversially sacked from Birmingham City earlier this month, his name has been linked with every available job as experts and pundits alike went on record to voice their disgust at his dismissal.

We can argue until we`re blue in the face about whether Rowett was capable of taking Blues to the next level but the fact is, we`ll never know. Now we`ll hopefully have the chance to see him ply his trade in the top flight.

Hull will be getting a manager who will organise them and build a team spirit. Yet whether Rowett`s style of surrendering so much possession and soaking up pressure will work against Premier League class remains to be seen. Hull`s forthcoming league games are against Bournemouth, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. They also have an FA Cup third round tie against Swansea coming up and the small matter of an EFL cup semi-final two legged encounter with Manchester United.

Is the job a no-lose scenario? If Rowett takes it and somehow manages to steer Hull to a Wembley cup final and keep them up by the slenderest of margins – he will be hailed a hero. But what happens if it goes the other way? Football is a fickle game and Hull don`t have the most patient of owners.

Similarly to his time in the St. Andrews dugout, be prepared for boardroom politics, high expectations and unrest in the terraces. Good luck all the same, Mr. Rowett.

 
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