Things have definitely not been going well for Hull City. With four wins out of the whole of 2009 going into a home game against ninth placed Stoke City all signs pointed towards another defeat. All except for one critical event, the return of Adam Pearson.
On the face of it a change of chairman does not seem as radical as you would think. It is the manager who has control of the players, the tactics, the training and everything else related to the actual day to day running of the team. However this was quite a radical move for the owner of Hull to take.
In my opinion Paul Duffen was far to close to Phil Brown to be an effective chairman. Because of their obvious friendship the Duffen failed to challenge Brown when he made dubious decisions and so these were let to pass.
A good chairman should have a distance from the manager to enable him to see when a bad decision is being made and advise him to take a different course. He should be able to manage the manager.
I think Pearson can bring that to the job. As seen in the Stoke game on Sunday a marked difference was seen in the team. Some of that must have been to do with Jimmy Bullard, the clear man of the match. But another factor must also have been Pearson from behind the scenes.
How else do you explain the reappearance of Fagan from the naughty step, a place he had been confined to for weeks? Or the sudden attacking, positive attitude the whole team brought to bear on proceedings? These things can only have come about with a new ethos from the man at the top.
Hull fans all have soft spot for the Harrogate born businessman. This was the man who bought the whole club for a pittance when they were dangling dangerously close to extinction and then not only saved the club but oversaw back to back promotions to the Championship. For that he will always be remembered.
During his first tenure at the North-Eastern team one key event defined it. The building of the new KC Stadium. Unfortunately this momentum shifting event cannot be repeated, he will have to rely on subtler tactics to keep Hull up.
The best thing about him is his obvious loyalty to Hull. When Hull City were at the Play off finals he was there to watch his former team. This passion is just what the team needs.
The task before him seems just as difficult as escaping the depths of League 2. The Premiership is the hardest league in the world. To stay up requires expert organisation, determination and competence. Can he do it? I just think he might. But only just.