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How Grant McCann is changing Hull City

6 October 2020

Grant McCann says the disappointment of last season's relegation from the Sky Bet Championship is a motivating factor for Hull City this season, as he looks to change the "culture and mind-set" at the club.

The Tigers have made the perfect start to their 2020/21 campaign in Sky Bet League One, winning all four of their opening league games without conceding a single goal.

Speaking to Mark Clemmit on the latest episode of the Official EFL Podcast, manager McCann says plenty has changed on Humberside over the summer, and he's hoping it's just the beginning.

“We’re trying to forget about what happened last season because we had some dark days," he said, giving an honest assessment.

"What we’ve tried to do is change the culture and mind-set and a lot of work has gone into that with the recruitment, trying to bring in the right types of personalities. We’re trying to create a winning feeling to help us when it comes to the weekend, and at the moment it is.

"We’re all focused on the task in hand; they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and that’s the mind-set we’ve got at present.

“We all take responsibility for what happened last year, we simply weren’t good enough, but we have an opportunity to right the wrongs now.

"My coaching staff and everyone at the training ground has a shared focus of trying to get this club back to the Championship but we know it won’t be easy.

"I know League One well and every game is different, it’s a very tough division, but we’ve started well. Long may it continue."

And while McCann has stressed the importance of bouncing back to the current crop of players and staff, he's also aware of what promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt would mean to the club's supporters.

“I’m hoping this group, with the standard and calibre of players we have, can get back up there this year, he added.

"The fans have been through a lot over the past season, but we’re feeling in a good place now and want to have a good season.”

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