Six players have left Hull City following their relegation from the Premier League.
The contracts of Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figeroa, Steve Harper and Joe Dudgeon all expire at the end of the season while Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn have been offered new deals with the Tigers.
Regrettably, following relegation we have made the decision to release the majority of those players whose contracts have expired. We would like to place on record our thanks for the service they have given to the club, particularly our two longest serving players Liam Rosenior and Paul McShane. Both players have been outstanding for us and they leave with our very best wishes for their futures. The aim now is to retain as many of the remaining squad as possible and look to add some new faces this summer as we bid to compete at the top end of the Championship and bounce straight back into the top flight.
Paul McShane had been at the KC since 2008 when he initially arrived on loan from Sunderland and was a key player in Hull's first season in the Premier League. He scored five goals in 136 appearances. Rosenior played for the Tigers 161 times after arriving on a free in 2010.
Veteran goalkeeper Harper departs having made 31 appearances for the Club while Dudgeon, Sagbo and Figueroa have racked up 127 appearances between them.
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Hull City fans reacting to the club's relegation from the Premier League were almost unanimous in saying defeat against Burnley in one of the season's final games was the nail in the Tigers' coffin.
Steve Bruce's team put in a spirited display against Manchester United at the KC Stadium, but despite a promising start and two correctly disallowed goals, they failed to find the break through that might have given them a slim chance of survival.
Newcastle's win against West Ham eventually made Hull City's final result irrelevant, but fans were heartened by the team's performance:
Relegated Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he and his team "have not been good enough" to stay in the Premier League.
The former Manchester United man led the Tigers to a creditable 0-0 draw against the Red Devils, but it wasn't enough to keep them from sliding into the Championship.
Bruce was coy on discussion about his future saying only that he would analyse his performance:
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Victor Valdes made his full Manchester United debut as Louis van Gaal's side looked to send Hull down with victory at the KC Stadium.
David de Gea failed to overcome his hamstring injury and was left out of the squad, which meant Valdes made his first start since suffering a serious knee injury for Barcelona 14 months ago.
Angel di Maria replaced Marouane Fellaini in midfield and captain Wayne Rooney came in for Radamel Falcao, who did not make the bench.
Hull, who must win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, named the same starting XI that lost to Tottenham last weekend.
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Organisers from a campaign group called 'Sack Pardew' have staged a large-scale protest in and around St James's Park ahead of their match with Hull City.
The group say they will be distributing 30,000 leaflets and 100 banners from 10 pubs in Newcastle city centre. Tigers Manager Steve Bruce is one of the favourites to replace Pardew if he is sacked. It is the first time the two side's have met since Pardew head-butted Hull City's David Meyler last season.
Hull City midfielder David Meyler said he will forgive Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew for head-butting him.
The two face each other for the first time since the incident and speaking in the Hull Daily Mail, Meyler said: “It was all forgotten about three minutes after it happened because we were 3-1 down against Newcastle.
“We weren’t playing well and I was more disappointed about the result of the game to be thinking about anything else. He’s apologised, it’s forgotten about and we move on.
“We’ve just got to make sure we win Saturday and beat him and his side.
“What’s the point of me dwelling on it? It’s done, it’s dusted.
“I come from a big GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) background, I played a lot of hurling and Gaelic football growing up as a kid and you used to get belted as a kid all the time.
“That’s just the way it was. I used to live and breathe that. You would go home and your hands would be cut, your legs would be cut.
“I was more annoyed because we lost 4-1. I flew home with my father and we never spoke about it once. We spoke about the game. The incident was nothing. You’ve got to move on. You can't keep thinking about it.”
A fan who was filmed punching a West Yorkshire police horse after a football match has apologised.
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