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Hull confirm the sacking of Grant McCann as manager by new Turkish owner Acun Ilicali

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Hull confirm the sacking of Grant McCann as manager with new Turkish owner Acun Ilicali set to hire former Rangers icon Shota Arveladze as the new boss in first major move following the tycoon’s £20m takeover

  • Hull City have confirmed the sacking of Grant McCann as Tigers manager
  • New owner Acun Ilicali wants to hire ex-Rangers icon Shota Arveladze as boss
  • McCann spent two-and-a-half years at Hull and won the 2021 League One title
  • The manager switch is Ilicali’s first big call after his £20million takeover of Hull 


Hull City have confirmed the sacking of manager Grant McCann following the club’s £20million takeover Turkish businessman Acun Ilicali.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that McCann’s future was precarious after Turkish TV personality Ilicali took control of the Championship club, with former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze set to be appointed in his place.

McCann had been in charge of the Tigers for two-and-a-half years and won promotion from League One last season. Along with assistant Cliff Byrne, he leaves the club 19th in the Championship after picking up back-to-back wins over high-flying Bournemouth and Blackburn.

Hull City have confirmed the sacking of Grant McCann after two-and-a-half years at the club

Hull City have confirmed the sacking of Grant McCann after two-and-a-half years at the club

The manager change is the first major decision made by new Hull owner Acun Ilicali (above)

The manager change is the first major decision made by new Hull owner Acun Ilicali (above)

New Hull owner Ilicali confessed that he is aware of the strange timing but has defended his call to remove McCann from his post after such a successful last six months. 

The Turkish supremo said in a club statement: ‘Grant has done an excellent job for this football club in difficult circumstances, most specifically during the takeover process, and for that I offer my sincere thanks.

‘These matters are never easy and are more often than not protracted. During the process, Grant has always remained professional and fully focused on the team, and will forever be a friend of the Tigers. I’m sure Grant will be successful in whatever his next challenge is.

‘However, now is the time for change and for me to start to build, in what I believe will be an incredibly exciting time for the club. I have a philosophy and a belief that our project should start as we mean to carry on and that involves having my team in place. 

Former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze (above) is set to replace McCann as Hull manager

Former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze (above) is set to replace McCann as Hull manager

‘I understand the timing may look odd, after two good wins, but I wouldn’t be fair or honest if I merely waited for a defeat to change manager. That benefits nobody. I will continue to be transparent with you, our fans.’ 

The change of managers is a major gamble by Ilicali, who has so far received overwhelming support from fans after ending the unpopular 11-year reign of the Allam family.

McCann took charge of Hull in June 2019 and suffered relegation from the Championship in his first season before immediately leading the team back to the second tier by winning League One the following year and steering them 10 points clear of the drop zone before his sacking. 

McCann earned Hull promotion back to the Championship last term and leaves the club in 19th

McCann earned Hull promotion back to the Championship last term and leaves the club in 19th

Meanwhile, Arveladze was a favourite at Rangers during his playing days, scoring 57 goals in four seasons, in between spells at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.

The former Georgia international retired in 2008 and then worked as assistant coach at AZ under Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat.

Arveladze has since managed Kayserispor, Kasimpasa and Trabzonspor in Turkey and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. His last job was as boss of Pakhtakor Tashkent FK in Uzbekistan, where he left in 2020.

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