Dean Windass: The Last Straw

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2009

Oh, that it should come to this for the once mighty Hull City Hero, Dean Windass. After firing the Tigers into the top flight less than nine months ago for the first time in the clubs history, he is found surplus to requirement in the fast paced Premiership world that the Tigers now inhabit.

Dean Windass has been a fantastic servant to the club that is Hull City. Without him, it is arguable that the Tigers wouldn't even exist. When he was sold to Aberdeen in 1995 for £700,000, the funds generated by his sale helped to stave off bankruptcy for the Tigers. His goals in the relegation campaign of two years ago saved us from the drop to the Coca Cola League one.

However, the fairytale had to come to an end. Instead of being the focal point of the Tigers' attack, the highlight of his season was a booking for warming up next to Rory Delap at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City.

If this was a Hollywood movie, Dean Windass would probably look more like George Clooney than Shrek and would be scoring the winning goal in the Champions League rather than setting sail for lower league player management, which is where he will probably end up going.

So, where did it all go wrong for Hull City's favourite son? For a player that has been a central figure and a fans favourite at almost every club, he has played to see his house of cards come crashing down after such a great day in May '08. It must be so disappointing.

The crux of the problem for Windass was his lack of playing time since promotion. From being the central figure in Hull's promotion attack to being on the edge of the fringe was too much for Windass. He started to vent his frustrations in an online blog for ITV. The blog was a tool that was surely aimed at raising his profile for future television and media work when his playing career was over.

Unfortunately, for him, it seems to have backfired. With an open arena for him to vent his frustrations at the lack of first team football, he has gradually gone from showing frustration to a lack of respect for his manager. Ultimately, his last blog was the straw that broke the camel's back for Phil Brown and Hull City, who have made it plain that he is no longer in the club's future plans.

As a Hull City fan, I dearly hope that this episode in the rags to riches tale of Dean Windass does not end on a sour note for all concerned. For the boy that used to stand on the terraces at Boothferry park and cheer on the Tigers to be let go for a third time may be too much for him to take.