Hull City facing key week in build-up to new Championship campaign

The MKM Stadium is preparing for another Championship season
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Hull City will this week find out the make-up of their season for the next 10 months with the Championship fixture schedule set to be released on Wednesday morning, and the campaign edges ever closer.

Six weeks on from the Tigers' final day defeat at Plymouth Argyle, there has been significant change at the MKM Stadium with a flurry of players leaving while manager Liam Rosenior was also relieved of his duties 48 hours after that Home Park loss, and more to come before the opening weekend over August 10 and 11.

New head coach Tim Walter has been brought in to replace Rosenior and will get his first look at his new players in the flesh next Monday when the City players return for pre-season training.

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By that point, City and Walter will know the make-up of their 2024/25 fixture list at 9am on Wednesday with the Tigers set to renew acquaintances with a trio of Yorkshire rivals in relegated Premier League side Sheffield United, along with Sheffield Wednesday and beaten play-off finalists Leeds United.

Like the Blades, Luton Town and Burnley are both back in the Championship after failing to survive in the top flight, while the Tigers will face Portsmouth for the first time since their League One-winning campaign under Grant McCann after Pompey's title triumph, and like the Blues, City will meet Oxford United again along with Derby County.

Elsewhere, there will be familiar trips to the likes of Norwich City and West Brom, two clubs the Tigers battled hard against last term before ultimately failing to get into the play-offs.

Just over 24 hours after the fixtures are released, the Tigers will find out who they'll face in the first round of the Carabao Cup when the draw is made at 11:30am on Thursday. Having gone out at the first hurdle in each of the last three seasons, City will hope to break that cycle and earn a potentially money-spinning tie in rounds two and three.

When are the Championship fixtures released?

City fans will find out their fixture list at 9am on Wednesday morning - and if you want them pinged directly to your phone as soon as they're released, sign up for our What's App service right here.

How about the League Cup?

The draw for the first round of the Carabao Cup will be made at 11:30am on Thursday morning. As with the fixtures release on Wednesday, we'll bring you it live but you can also watch it on Sky Sports News. City will be ball number 18.

Will there be any fixture clashes?

Hull FC have four home fixtures that could potentially clash with City's fixture list. August 17 and 31 plus September 14 and 20. Last term, City's home games with Bristol City and Coventry City were moved to Friday nights so it would not be a surprise to see that happen again.

What's the situation with TV games?

Under the terms of the new deal struck between the EFL and Sky Sports earlier this year, 1,059 games will be shown across the season. In the Championship, 328 games will be shown with five Championship games each weekend. Within that, there will be Saturday lunchtime games (12:30pm), along with the potential of Thursday and Friday nights. At least 24 of City's 46 league games will be shown live.

What's the notice period?

In a bid to give fans more notice of fixture changes for television purposes, the EFL and Sky have pledged to try and announce them earlier rather than the five weeks it has been, and in some cases, less.

A week after the fixtures are released, television picks until the end of September will be made public and come August 9, all selections until the FA Cup third round will be revealed. By the time November 1 arrives, selections between January and early March will be out and from then on in, games will be announced on a four-week rolling basis. That, Sky say, is to ensure the season-defining fixtures are covered.

Will City get a financial boost?

The new package is worth a cool £935m to the EFL. That's broken down to £835m in rights fees and £40m across marketing and will run for the next five years, and is basically an extra £60m per season which will be split between the clubs. It's not quite Premier League levels of TV money but it will certainly help.

Where will these games be shown?

Sky Sports is launching a new channel in August which will show games (Sky Sports +) and will be added to your existing sports bundle at no extra cost. Tigers + will no longer be able to show midweek games for example, with City's fixtures now shown on Sky Sports +. Other games will be shared out between their existing channels.