Hull City new manager in-tray features contracts, conundrums and addressing elephant in the room

Noah Ohio's future is something the new Hull City boss will need to look at -Credit:Benjamin Gilbert/Focus Images Ltd
Noah Ohio's future is something the new Hull City boss will need to look at -Credit:Benjamin Gilbert/Focus Images Ltd

Hull City remain without a manager more than a week on since Liam Rosenior left the MKM Stadium, as the club continue to work behind the scenes on appointing a new man.

Former Hamburg boss Tim Walter remains the leading candidate to take over from Rosenior after he guided City to seventh place in the Championship.

Whether it be Walter or somebody else, Acun Ilicali's third permanent head coach will be keen to get his feet under the table and hit the ground running before his players return from holiday and begin their pre-season training.

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Here's a look at some of the big tasks facing the new City boss....

Sort out contracts

Unlike many other clubs in the Championship, City don't have a huge group of players coming to the end of their contracts, but even so, they've got work to do.

Cyrus Christie, Adama Traore and Greg Docherty are out of contract, along with Aaron Connolly and youngster Vaughn Covil. Christie and Traore do have 12-month options, and the new man must decide whether or not he wants to keep them around for 12 months more. Time is running out for those decisions to be made with the EFL deadline looming on Saturday.

Given it's now unlikely the manager will be appointed before the deadline, it may well fall on Ilicali's 'Football brain team' as he calls it to make the critical decisions

Solve the goalkeeper conundrum

One of the big discussion points in the final weeks of the season surrounded the goalkeeper. Ryan Allsop was very much a Rosenior signing and the arrival of Ivor Pandur created some level of friction in the final weeks, especially when Matt Ingram appeared back on the bench for the last four games., but what does the future hold for Ingram having played just 10 times last season? Will he fancy a move elsewhere or will he want to try and make an impression on the new manager?

As fans heard on Wednesday night, the situation in goal created some significant friction at boardroom level and was one contributing factor amongst others for Rosenior's exit.

Pandur is highly rated at City and the new manager must decide who starts the season as his number one, but Pandur will be given the chance to impress during the summer, while Thimothee Lo-Tutala will come back keen to make his mark having played regularly during his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers.

Get some strikers

City have struggled up front for much of the season, and that issue was exacerbated when Liam Delap got injured early in the New Year and on numerous occasions, Rosenior opted to play without a recognised frontman. Bringing in new strikers and ones capable of scoring regularly is Ilicali's biggest task this summer.

Delap and Noah Ohio remain targets for City and they'll be keen to bring in a couple capable of making a big difference for the new man next term, who may also have identified players of his own.

There's also the possibility of recalling Oscar Estupinan from his loan spell in Brazil but that's a big call given he's not played a huge amount since leaving City in late summer.

Deal with the elephant in the room

And that surrounds the future of Jacob Greaves and Jaden Philogene. Greaves is attracting plenty of interest from the Premier League and it wouldn't be a big surprise to see the central defender move on this summer, having earned his chance at the top flight. Any new manager will want clarity on any players leaving and what happens to the significant sums the club are likely to recoup. He certainly won't want the distraction of their respective futures dragging on if he can help it or it can be avoided.

Owner Acun Ilicali has confirmed his intention to keep both players and build the team around them, but is also acutely aware players may want to move on and play in the Premier League sooner rather than later, and will not stand in their way.

Whatever happens, and however unlikely it may be, City need clarity on their big players as early as possible to help them plan in the window safe in the knowledge of what they're needing to bring in, and how much money will be available.

Convince a section of the fanbase

Make no mistake about it, the dismissal of Rosenior caused significant uproar in the immediate aftermath. While feelings have cooled significantly since the news broke given there's a greater understanding of why it happened after Ilicali's media interviews, there's still a significant amount of doubt about it being the right decision and that will not leave until such time as the new man is in place and they get a look at him in the cut and thrust of Championship football.

Given Rosenior's emotional ties to the club and the fact he did finish seventh in the Championship, there will be some supporters who will need convincing about his departure and the new arrival, whoever that ultimately turns out to be.

Fans want to see winning football and ultimately, if City win seven of their first 10 games and are sitting nicely inside the top six with a few goals being scored along the way, then much of the annoyance will have dissipated and they'll be right behind him.

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