Grant McCann pays Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds giant compliment

Jo Harrison

Hull City boss Grant McCann has given his thoughts on his side’s 4-0 drubbing at home to Leeds United on Saturday.

Leeds dominated the game from start to finish, going in front after just five minutes through Luke Ayling’s deflected strike. The real damage was done in the second half, though, when a goal from Pablo Hernandez and a Tyler Roberts brace fired the Whites to their second 4-0 win of the season.

The result made it eight losses from their last 10 games, putting the Tigers bottom of the Championship form table and well in the midst of a relegation battle. However, McCann chose to focus on the quality of opposition rather than concerns over his own side.

“The way they play, the way they pass, their confidence on the ball, their energy’s good, they’re just a very good team.

“It was a real team performance. They just get the job done, don’t they? They grind away at you and keep pressing you. They’re confident, that’s the big thing.”

The former Peterborough and Doncaster boss is facing the fear of losing his job due to the Tigers’ poor form, he added this – potentially hinting at the benefit of giving time to managers.

“They’re an excellent team, they’ve been together for two seasons, they don’t change much. That whole group’s been together for a while and you can see that. The work on the training ground pays off and they all start understanding their roles,” he added.


McCann needs something to change and fast, next up for them is a trip to Stoke, who will jump above Hull with a win.