Need to know: Hull

Five things to know about Hull going into the 2013-14 English

Premier League season:

SURVIVAL IS ESSENTIAL

Hull has an experienced manager in Steve Bruce, who has been in

charge of teams in the Premier League before with Birmingham, Wigan

and Sunderland. His experience could be essential to promoted

Hull’s chances of going straight back down and, come the end of the

season, it might be the difference between Hull finishing 17th or

18th.

NEW SIGNINGS

The biggest signing for Hull during the offseason was Tom

Huddlestone from Tottenham. The defensive midfielder joined on a

three-year contract and can offer international experience, with

four England caps, as well as Premier League know-how. Despite

favoring defensive responsibilities, Huddlestone will be hoping to

score early in his Hull career. For a charity bet he said he

wouldn’t cut his hair until he scored a goal. Young attacking

midfielder Jake Livermore also joined on a season-loan from

Tottenham and will hope regular football can speed his development.

Egypt international Ahmed Elmohammedy switched from Sunderland and

Maynor Figueroa signed from Wigan on a free transfer after his

contract expired.

KEY MAN: DANNY GRAHAM

Signed from Sunderland on loan, Danny Graham may prove to be an

inspired acquisition by Bruce. Graham scored 14 goals in the

2011-12 Premier League season for Swansea but when manager Brendan

Rodgers left to take over Liverpool and Michael Laudrup replaced

him, Graham found his opportunities limited. He transferred to

Sunderland in January for 5 million pounds ($7.9 million) but

didn’t impress new manager Paolo Di Canio. If he rediscovers his

scoring touch at Hull, it will be a huge boost to the club’s

chances of staying up.

NEW NAME

The full name of the club has been changed by Egyptian owner

Assem Allam from Hull City AFC (Association Football Club) to Hull

City Tigers. Looking ahead at how Hull can continue to make money

in coming years, Allam felt that changing the name would allow the

club to become more marketable overseas. Hull is nicknamed `The

Tigers’ due to its orange and black striped home shirt.

KEY FIXTURES BETWEEN SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER

The nine league games Hull plays from the start of September

until the end of November include five home games against Cardiff,

West Ham, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, alongside an

away trip to Southampton. Aside from Cardiff and Crystal Palace,

who were promoted with Hull, the other opponents all finished

around the lower half of the table last season and Hull will view

them as teams to take points from. Failure to do so would see them

struggling very early in the season.