Saturday 01 June 2013
After an arduous Championship campaign three clubs earned the right to play in the Barclays Premier League in season 2013/14.
While champions Cardiff City, runners-up Hull City and play-off winners Crystal Palace make their preparations for a season in the English top flight, premierleague.com takes a look at the three newly promoted clubs, continuing with Championship runners-up Hull City.
Hull made their debut in the Barclays Premier League in 2008/09 and made a superb start, winning six of their opening nine fixtures. But they were left hanging on for safety by the end of the campaign and stayed up on the final day despite a 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United. The next season was trickier, however, and despite impressive victories over Manchester City and Everton, they were relegated with 30 points from their 38 matches.
Hull City reached the Barclays Premier League for the second time on a dramatic final day of the Championship season. Up against champions Cardiff City, Steve Bruce's team had to match third-placed Watford's result against Leeds United. Hull settled for a 2-2 draw at KC Stadium with goals by Nick Proschwitz and Paul McShane. The end of Watford’s match was delayed because of an injury and Hull’s players, fans and officials had to wait an excruciating 16 minutes before the final whistle blew at Vicarage Road, confirming a defeat for Watford and a promotion for the Tigers.
A rugged centre-half with Gillingham and Norwich City, Bruce made his name as a player during a successful nine years at Old Trafford as captain of Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning Manchester United team. He joined Hull in June 2012 and took them up at the first time of asking. Hull is Bruce's eighth job as a manager and it will be the fourth club he has guided in the Barclays Premier League, following spells in the top flight with Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City. He has a total of 317 Barclays Premier League matches under his belt as a manager, winning 92 and losing 134.
The 24-year-old Manchester United academy graduate has become a key member of Bruce’s team since joining Hull in 2011. He was practically an ever-present in the squad last season, making 43 starts and one substitute appearance during the campaign. Hull claimed an impressive 16 clean sheets during the season, the third-best record in the division, and Chester’s presence played an important role in the club’s solid three-man defence. He also headed in the decisive goal of Hull’s 3-2 victory over Birmingham.
Signed by Bruce at Sunderland in 2010, Elmohamady was brought into Hull on a season-long loan in August last year. The 25-year-old has shone at his new club, making 41 appearances and scoring three times. He produced a late winner against Derby County in February while scoring and providing two assists as his side came from behind to beat Leeds United. The Egyptian ended the campaign with nine assists and was voted the club’s Player of the Year by the fans. Hull are hoping that he will sign on a permanent basis this summer.
The 32-year-old is celebrating his third promotion to the Barclays Premier League, having climbed out of the Championship with West Bromwich Albion in 2008 and 2010. The Slovenian joined Hull in 2010, after the club's relegation from the Premier League and has consistently been among the goals. He was the club's top scorer this season with nine goals, even though he missed the final three matches of the campaign because of a calf injury. In his only season in the top flight, in 2008/09, Koren made 35 appearances for West Brom, scoring once.