Date:Sunday December 31 2006
Vital Sheffield Wednesday talks to Hull fan, and Vital Hull City journalist mdjw_41 about relegation, Phil Brown, and much more in the run-up to the Owls New Year's Day clash with the Tigers.
1. First thing's first - can you stay up this season?
I would have said yes before Leicester, but the five point gap has opened up again. They are my club, and I can never say we will be relegated until it happens. I will always hold out hope of us escaping, and anyway, at the moment, it is only two wins.
2. Who do you want as new boss?
A lot pf people want Phil Brown. He is the cheaper option, but with many people thinking we are going down anyway, we should offer Brown a deal till the end of the season, then we can assess where to move from then. If we are in League 1, we can get a new man in to help with the promotion push.
3. What did you think to the appointment, and the sacking, of Phil Parkinson?
He came in as the brightest young manager in the game and left as a shocking failure. For whatever reason, it didn`t work for him at Hull City AFC. It appears to be a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He stepped up too quickly, spent a lot of money and failed badly.
4. Parkin was a class act against us at the KC but seems to have gone quiet since, was he a one-game wonder?!
He has been injured for the past five or six weeks with an ankle injury. He returned against Leicester as a substitute. He has a big physical presence but all too often we knock the ball long to him when he prefers it on the ground. He will probably be on the bench against you unless he makes an impact against Burnley.
5. And what about Stuart Elliott? He was a good for you lot a few years back but again seems to have gone off the boil?
He was superb in League 1 and got us promoted but that appears to be his level. If we get relegated, hopefully he`ll come good again, but that`s not a reason to go down. He doesn`t usually do anything in a game and is now stuck on the bench more often than not.
6. You usually bring a few to Hillsborough, will many make the trip on New Year's Day?
I think you`ve only given us 3,500 tickets this year? But I imagine we will bring a lot with us, but nowhere near the 8,000 that Wednesday night a few years back. I`ll be there though for the third season in a row. You are my favorite stadium to visit, so please don`t spoil it.
7. If you could take one player from Wednesday to Hull who would it be and why?
Glenn Whelan seems to be doing well for you at the moment. We lack class in midfield and he is a good player who can defend and attack so I would take him.
8. And if you could get rid of one player from Hull to Wednesday who would it be and why?
Michael Turner probably, but at the moment I`d probably send half the team. He`s not the best defender but he`ll be playing against you. Now I`ve said that, I hope he proves you all wrong.
9. Who are your danger men?
Craig Fagan has been brilliant all season and you will have to watch out for him. Hopefully Stephen McPhee will be back and he can cause problems. Nick Barmby should also return and you should realize by now, Nick saves his special goals for Hillsbrough.
10. What are your weaknesses?
We have a poor midfield. Given our league position, morale can`t be that high and that can`t help our performances.
11. Where do you need to strengthen in January, and are there any rumours of ins and outs?
Danny Mills is someone rumored to return to us on loan and well hope that happens. Bo Myhill is always linked with a move away and if a big money offer come in, most fans would take it. Craig Fagan`s contract expires in the summer and with him not signing a new deal yet (he doesn`t want to play in League 1) a lot of clubs will be looking at him.
For ourselves, the whole team needs strengthening!
12. Finally, what's your score prediction?
I have to remain optimistic but your good form looks ominous. I don`t know what`s happened to you but please stop it! I will have to predict a 1-1 draw. A few weeks ago, it would have been a Tigers victory but not at the moment.
Cheers mate, and good luck for the rest of the season!
NEXT UP - MANCHESTER CITY!
Date:Sunday December 31 2006
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