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“The circus continues” – Fans react after Hull FC appoint Richie Myler

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It was confirmed yesterday afternoon that Richie Myler would become Hull FC’s new Director of Rugby with the ex-Leeds Rhinos man having called time on his playing career just 45 minutes prior.

Richie Myler signed for York Knights ahead of the 2024 season but played just three games before the club confirmed his retirement citing a long-term elbow injury.

Fast forward three-quarters of an hour and Hull FC were announcing the former Irish international as their new Director of Rugby and the man to lead the club forward out of their current troubles.

Myler’s first task will see him begin the search for a new head coach to replace Tony Smith, something that chairman Adam Pearson had confirmed would be the remit of the new Director last week on BBC Humberside.

FC confirmed the appointment with a statement released on their website with the 33-year-old claiming that it was an opportunity that was “too exciting to turn down”.

Understandably fans have been asking the questions about the appointment, namely ‘What qualifications does Richie Myler have?’, something that fellow full-back Ryan Brierley had asked when commenting on reports of the appointment over the weekend.

The Salford man’s reaction was to call the reports “crazy” and plenty of fans from all clubs have said the same, and worse, as social media reacted to the appointment of Richie Myler as Hull FC’s new Director of Rugby.

Richie Myler appointment causes mixed reaction

Richie Myler Hull FC

The first job that Richie Myler will set about in his new role with be searching for a new head coach and one fan made a rather comical suggestion that related back to Myler’s days at Warrington Wolves.

“New head coach? Richie Myler knows a guy,” was what one fan posted with an attached image of Myler alongside former Black and Whites’ boss Brett Hodgson, the man that Tony Smith replaced at the MKM Stadium.

Whilst plenty took the mick, lots were positive or at least willing to give the rogue appointment a chance with one FC fan reasoning that “it can’t get any worse”.

Another posted: “Hopefully not too much negativity around this appointment, don’t worry about the experience for now, he could be amazing we need to wait and find out. At least we are trying something different.”

There were plenty of fans on the fence though with admissions that the appointment could “either be a master stroke or go comically badly”.

Speaking of comical, one fan claimed that the appointment was an example of “the circus” continuing with FC ran “worse than a corner shop.

After Adam Pearson revealed that talks were underway regarding potential new investment there has been speculation that one of those investors is Andrew Thirkill, a 65-year-old Leeds-based businessman previously estimated to be worth £175 million.

He is also the father of Myler’s current partner which has led to the suggestion that nepotism has played a role in Myler’s appointment, a case of Thirkhill investing in the provision of Myler being granted a job.

That is total and complete speculation by fans who have joined together the dots, with nothing official suggesting the notion is true but it hasn’t stopped fans from speculating.

Another labelled the appointment “fishy” as they too put together the theory of Thirkhill could be a new investor in the club.

Ultimately, time will tell on Richie Myler but on the face of it it’s a shock appointment with those questions regarding his qualifications not likely to go away any time soon until there are some tangible results.

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