Hull City

Talking Points: Grant McCann Press Conference

16 January 2020
Head Coach Grant McCann spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship trip to Derby County.

Here are the key points from his pre-match press conference:

On the signing of Martin Samuelsen…
I’m pleased because he’s a very good signing for the club. It’s a move that’s been going on for a little bit now but it’s good to have it all rubber-stamped and done. I’m pleased that everything’s gone through and Martin can now settle into his new home. He’s very versatile in what he can do and can play anywhere across the front three and can also play as a number ten – so he’s the perfect signing for the way we like to play.

He’s different to what we’ve got already. He’s more of a clever, tricky sort of player that wants to drift into pockets. He can dribble past people and help to get the team up the pitch. He’s at a great age to improve and can go on to be whatever he wants to be. We’ll be here for him and give him all the help he could possibly want and give him the chance to develop. Hopefully, he can contribute to the team winning games every time he plays.

On what else he wants to add to his squad in the January transfer window…
We’re fine with what we’ve got at the minute, although there may be one more coming in. We’ll just have to wait and see.

On whether or not the Club has received any offers for players…
We were very clear in stating that Leo wasn’t for sale. He’s only been here four months and Leo is very happy here. Apart from that bid, it’s been quiet. Our only focus has been to try and get new clubs for David Milinkovic and Markus Henriksen. I know everyone behind the scenes is working very hard to try and make that happen for them. There’s nothing new to report with those two as of yet though.

On team news ahead of facing Derby…
We’ll be missing two players on Saturday. We’ll be missing two big players, which is disappointing for us but that’s the reason we have the squad we do. Thankfully, they’re not long-term injuries. They’ll only miss this weekend’s game. It’s just come a bit too soon for them both. One pulled out of training today and the other hasn’t trained all week. It’s a blow but it is what it is and the reason why we’ve got a good squad. We’ve recruited well and it will now provide opportunities for others. Josh Magennis is fine. He’s trained all week and is in a good place. It’s the same with Callum. Callum has trained all week as well and has looked good. I’m pleased to have those two back and available for selection.

On the need for a response to last weekend’s defeat to Fulham…
The boys came in on Monday and got straight back to work after the Fulham defeat. We addressed a few things and had a really positive meeting with the players. Training has been good this week and the intensity levels have been excellent. We now need to go out and produce a response, something which this group has a really good habit of doing. We’re playing against a very good team in Derby County. It’s going to be a tough, tough game in front of a full house at Pride Park but we’ll go there, play our game and see if we can get a positive result.