Hull makes Portsmouth return
Just a week after awaking from coma, Joshua Hull has returned to take his place back in the Pompey hot seat and passionately told reporters: ‘The battle begins now.’
With the media arriving at the club’s training ground for the traditional Friday pre-match press conference, ahead of the trip to bottom of the league Cardiff City this weekend, they were ever so surprisingly greeted by the unmistakable grin of Joshua Hull.
Gone was the doom and gloom around the club, and the miserable faced Alessandro Del Piero, replaced by the smile of a man who really has nothing to smile about at all. Sufferer of a horrific car crash on his way home from, incidentally the Pompey training ground, the much loved lifetime supporter of Portsmouth is lucky to still be alive.
While he was locked away in a local hospital, his beloved club was being torn to shreds by the Italian caretaker manager, Del Piero. But Hull speaking in front of a packed room, refused to accept defeat in the bid for a strong league finish and silverware this season, despite the club sitting in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League standings, and 16 points off top of the table Manchester United.
”Things obviously didn’t go to plan while I was gone, for one reason or the other but the players, staff, fans and everyone involved with this fantastic football club really need to pull together now. It’s about looking ahead to the future, and getting our season back in track. In my eyes, the battle begins now, we have a big opportunity to do well in the Champions League and as for the league there is still plenty of time left for us to push up the table.”
Del Piero’s future at the club and position as assistant manager was a regularly asked question to Hull, but the Englishman refused to be too drawn on the former Juventus striker’s situation.
“Alessandro was seeking a managerial job and I think this would have given him great experience for the future, it was a very tough job of course and he probably wasn’t quite ready but it is not my right to talk about whether he will be staying or leaving the club, that is in the hands of the board. In my honest opinion, he is a great person for me to be working alongside with his knowledge of the game invaluable and very useful.”
It would be the perfect return for the man back at the helm of the Blues, if his team were to pick up all three points when they visit the Cardiff City Stadium tomorrow, with a warm welcome from both sets of fans expected, in respect of his return to health of which he claimed he has ‘absolutely no problems about’ and is now ‘looking forward to the challenge ahead.’