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Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson reveals why they parted company with Brett Hodgson

Adam Pearson

Last week, Hull FC revealed the news that head coach Brett Hodgson would be leaving the club after two years in charge.

The Black and Whites had just come off the back of a dismal 36-4 home loss to bitter rivals Hull KR which left FC in ninth in the Super League table.

After a poor first year in charge – when the Black and Whites finished eighth – chairman Adam Pearson could not hold out much longer.

“The performance against Hull KR here (at the MKM Stadium) was unacceptable. We were outenthused,” Pearson told BBC Radio Humberside.

“I feel as though we need experience and a proven head coach and someone who can improve this squad.

“With all due to respect to Brett, he lost a lot of people to injury, no regular spine so you are playing with one arm behind your back.

“I was worried about the loss of team spirit and energy in the second half (of the season) coupled with reoccurring rehabilitation and injury situations

“I felt change was inevitable and I felt we needed more personality and more proven leadership. We needed a fresh start.”

Pearson also revealed that he had been willing to give Hodgson the chance to fulfil his three-year contract, but that changed towards the back end of the season.

“I wanted to give Brett a third year as I don’t think he had done a lot wrong but as the season wore on it became untenable.

“I was looking a lot of angry supporters around the stadium.”

Now, the club have moved forward under former Robins boss Tony Smith as Pearson attempts to pull the Airlie Birds from under the rocks of a poor 2022.

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