With issues all around, could Hull City's season be over before it has even kicked off?

The newly promoted Tigers have various issues to deal with before the season restarts in August.

With issues all around, could Hull City's season be over before it has even kicked off?
Steve Bruce celebrates playoff final success (photo: Sky Sports)

You would think that a playoff final success just last month resulting in a return to the top tier of English football would leave Hull City fans feeling optimistic.

Yet speculation and problems off the field are already threatening to derail their campaign before the squad even set foot on the plane for their pre-season tour of Austria.

Futures of the owner and manager in doubt?

An ongoing issue for the club lies right at the pinnacle of the staffing pyramid. Owner Assem Allam, hardly a quiet character after attempting to change the name of the team to Hull Tigers, is seeking to sell his asset. With his seemingly lost love for the Yorkshire club despite their promotion in evidence, Allam has not even provided manager Steve Bruce with a transfer budget to bolster his club's hopes of Premier League survival.

The former Manchester United legend could also have an unclear future with a handful of pundits touting him for the vacant England managerial position following their early exit from Euro 2016. Former players including Gareth Southgate and Glenn Hoddle look slightly more likely choices, though Bruce could be on his way out anyway if he becomes disillusioned with the Allam regime or is replaced by a potential new owner.

Can Hull keep hold of their big names?

With a difficult start to the new season including matches against Leicester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, Hull will look to resolve a summer of speculation and uncertainty as soon as possible. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to hold onto key players such as Andrew Robertson and Abel Hernandez, linked with Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, though Ahmed Elmohamady and Eldin Jakupoovic have penned new deals.

The last few seasons have proved it is never dull at Hull and that looks set to be the case in a summer that could define the rest of Hull City's season.

Hernandez has been linked with pastures new (photo: getty)
Hernandez has been linked with pastures new (photo: getty)