Grant McCann has been sacked as Hull City manager following the recent takeover of the club. New owner, Turkish businessman Acun Ilicali, made it his first major decision to sack McCann as he looks to bring in a new era for the Tigers. Last season’s League One champions have struggled in the Championship so far and currently lie in 19th place. Head coach Cliff Byrne has also left the club with immediate effect.
Grant McCann Sacked as Hull City Manager
Hull City can confirm we have parted company with head coach Grant McCann. #hcafc
— Hull City (@HullCity) January 25, 2022
Following the news that Grant McCann had been sacked as Hull City manager, Chairman and owner Acun Ilıcalı said: “Grant has done an excellent job for this football club in difficult circumstances, most specifically during the takeover process, and for that, I offer my sincere thanks.
“These matters are never easy and are more often than not protracted. During the process, Grant has always remained professional and fully focused on the team, and will forever be a friend of the Tigers. I’m sure Grant will be successful in whatever his next challenge is.
“However, now is the time for change and for me to start to build, in what I believe will be an incredibly exciting time for the club. I have a philosophy and a belief that our project should start as we mean to carry on and that involves having my team in place.
“I understand the timing may look odd, after two good wins, but I wouldn’t be fair or honest if I merely waited for a defeat to change manager. That benefits nobody. I will continue to be transparent with you, our fans.
“Our new head coach will be announced very shortly.”
Grant McCann had Ups and Downs as Hull City Manager
Grant McCann was appointed Hull City manager in the summer of 2019, having taken Doncaster Rovers to the League One playoffs. His first season in charge of the Tigers ended in disaster as they finished bottom of the Championship and were relegated to League One. During the campaign, Hull lost 8-0 at Wigan Athletic to equal their record loss.
Their time in League One lasted just one season as McCann steered the club back to the Championship at the first attempt, winning the title in the process. Their return to England’s second-tier has been difficult with the club currently placed in 19th. However, they have won their last two games against promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers and Bournemouth.