Grant McCann has spoken of his immense pride after leading Hull City to the Sky Bet League One title and says he is delighted for everybody connected with the football club.
McCann is only the fourth manager in the Club’s 117-year history to guide the Tigers to a title, which was sealed with a 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m very, very proud,” said McCann.
“I couldn’t be more proud of everybody connected to this football club, particularly the fans because it has been a tough couple of years for them. We know what happened last season, and for them not to see this team live this season has been really tough for them.
“The players have been absolutely magnificent and it has been a massive team effort, not only to get promoted but to win the league as well. I’m absolutely delighted. The hard work that has gone into this every single day is unbelievable and intense.
“We’ve had to take bumps in the road along the way, we’ve had to react to difficult moments and take the hits that have come with it, but this group has shown a real determination, a fight and a character to respond and they need to enjoy this moment now because it doesn’t come along very often.
“There are 23 other teams in this league that would give their left arm to experience the feeling we had at full time today. It’s 55 years since this club last won a title so these players have written themselves into the history books and I’m extremely proud of them.”
Reflecting on the win that confirmed top spot with a game to spare, which came courtesy of goals from Keane Lewis-Potter, George Honeyman and Josh Magennis, McCann added:
“We were poor for 20 or 25 minutes even though we went 1-0 up and we were maybe a little over-eager to get the job done, but after that I thought we were in control of what we were doing.
“We adjusted a couple of things in midfield, our shape improved and in the end we probably could have won by more because we were dominant in the second half.
“The lads were desperate to win the title and, when it’s like that, sometimes your performance can go a little bit. We settled them down a little bit at half time and just asked them to be a little bit more calm in our play and more disciplined in our shape. We did that and looked a threat every time we went forward.”