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Ex-Sky Sports host Eddie Hemmings speaks out against Tony Smith getting the Hull FC job

The Hull FC head coaching role is one that offers quite a quandary.

Though blessed with plenty of money, a superb fan base and incredible facilities, there is also a huge amount of pressure that comes with taking the reins at the MKM Stadium.

Brett Hodgson found that out, losing his job just two seasons after taking charge ahead of the 2021 Super League season.

But, with some of those names that have been bandied about, Tony Smith is the one that stands out.

Remember that Smith is fondly remembered by FC’s cross-city rivals, Hull KR, because of the transformation of the club that he was able to oversee on and off the field, helping Rovers to a play-off semi-final in 2021 – something which Black and Whites fans can only dream of at present.

But, for former Sky Sports pundit Eddie Hemmings, he is unsure whether it would be the right appoint former Red and Whites hero Smith.

“Hull were taken to the cleaners against Hull KR at the weekend and my heart sank and Brett Hodgson was gone,” Hemmings said on the Last Tackle podcast.

“He hasn’t been given much time, ask Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. He lost three away games and he won the Champions League.

“Who is going to go to hull and take the chance on the dotted line and that two years later he will be out of a job? I know it’s a sleeping giant and they’ve got vast potential and a wonderful supporter base, but who is going to take the chance?

“Tony Smith should look at what happens at Rafa Benitez at Everton. I will never forget the scenes in the dressing room over Easter and within 48 hours he’s walked out on Hull KR and that was after he beat Hull FC.

“But, is Tony Smith the right man for the job?”

It remains to be seen who will be appointed at Hull, but chairman Adam Pearson certainly needs to get this next appointment right.

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