Hull chairman Assem Allam feels the club can be proud of what they have achieved since he took over two years ago
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Hull have begun the process of reshaping their squad for the Premier League by offering new deals to four players and releasing a dozen others.
Defenders Paul McShane and Liam Rosenior have been offered new contracts along with goalkeeper Mark Oxley, while Abdoulaye Faye has automatically triggered a new 12-month deal after reaching a pre-agreed number of appearances.
But 12 have been released, with long-serving defender Andy Dawson and former Arsenal trainee Jay Simpson the most prominent.
Also leaving are Paul McKenna, Seyi Olofinjana, Sonny Bradley, Lewis Clarkson, Mark Cullen, Jamie Devitt, Kealan Dillon, Daniel East, Daniel Emerton and Francis McCaffrey.
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola hopes the unpredictability of this season's Championship continues today.
After keeping their automatic promotion push alive with a 2-1 win at Leicester to move within a point of second-placed Hull, Watford need Barnsley to tame the Tigers at Oakwell this afternoon.
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Following the announcement that Phil Neville will leave Everton in the summer, a few clubs' ears have pricked up, with the likes of Aston Villa, Stoke, Hull and QPR all interested in acquiring the utility man's services, claim the Daily Mail.
Hull saw their hold on the second automatic promotion spot in the Championship cut to one point as nearest challengers Watford ran out 1-0 winners at the KC Stadium.
Troy Deeney grabbed the only goal of the match with a well-taken effort from the edge of the area after 41 minutes as the Hornets piled the pressure on Steve Bruce's Tigers, who now have the slimmest of leads to defend over the final six games of the season.
Only one other goal was scored across three other Championship encounters tonight, that coming at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton ran out 1-0 winners over Huddersfield, with Chris Eagles the man on target.
The night's other matches ended in goalless draws.