Hull City manager Grant McCann took time out from his preparations for Saturday’s clash with Plymouth Argyle at the KCOM Stadium, by speaking to the EFL Podcast – and in it he opened up on his feelings following relegation, how he is trying to change the mindset at the football club and who picks him up after a tough day.
Here’s every word the Northern Irishman said in conversation with Mark Clemmit.
Getting over Wigan and last season…
We’re trying to forget about last season, and I know that’s hard. We had some dark days after January and that was one of them.
One of the lowest nights of my whole career, probably the lowest.
What we’ve tried to do is change the culture, change the mindset, a lot work has gone into that on the training ground with the recruitment, with the type of people, the type of player and more their personality than anything.
Trying to create that winning feeling on an everyday level on the training ground that can hopefully help us at the weekend.
At this present time it is.
We did have some dark days last season, but we’re all focused on the job in hand at the minute.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and that’s the mindset we’ve got at the present time.
How quickly have you been able to turn things around?
I’m obviously appreciative of the owners giving me the opportunity to try and turn this around.
We all take responsibility for what happened last year, there’s no finger pointing at anyone.
We were all simply not good enough.
We’ve got an opportunity now to right the wrongs and this group has a real determination to try and make that happen.
My coaching staff and everybody that works at this training ground, we’ve got a sheer focus on trying to get this club back to the Championship.
It’s not going to be easy, I know League One very, very well. It’s a very tough division. Every game is different in terms of how teams set themselves up.
We’ve started quite well but it’s only a start and long may it continue.
What do you do to reinvent the culture?
It happened straight after the final whistle.
I remember walking down the tunnel and Ehab put his arms around me and said ‘let’s bounce back’ and that gave me a real determination to thank him, really.
I’m hoping this group of players and the standard of players and characters we have in this club that we can do that this year.
The fans have gone through a lot this past season, for us to be outside (the play-offs) on goal difference on New Year’s Day and to finish the way we did – a lot of things happened, we lost a couple of our better players, but now we’re feeling in a confident place, a good place and we want to have a good season and see if we can get this club back into the Championship.
You had quite a lot to deal with last season…
There were a lot of challenges last…