Hull welcome rotation row

21 May 2009 11:13
Hull City chairman Paul Duffen believes the furore over Manchester United's team selection could work in the Tigers' favour on 'Survival Sunday'. With the Premier League title wrapped up and the UEFA Champions League final with Barcelona looming large on Wednesday, Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make changes for Sunday's trip to the KC Stadium. Hull go into the game knowing that if they can match Newcastle's result at Aston Villa then they will secure their Premier League status for another season. With the Magpies, Middlesbrough and Sunderland all embroiled in the fight against the drop on what promises to be a tense final day, questions have been raised over what side Red Devils boss Ferguson will name. But Duffen believes the on-going debate is nothing more than 'noise in the system' and feels their relegation rivals would be better served focusing on their own final-day fixtures with the Black Cats at home to Chelsea and Boro travelling to West Ham. "Squad rotation is something which has become part and parcel of big clubs playing multiple competitions," he told Sky Sports News. Focused "It's really hard to say what team a manager should pick on any given day otherwise you're going to start going back through the season and rewriting the teams where maybe the strongest didn't take the pitch. "Integrity is very important, but this is the 38th game of a 38-game campaign and I don't think we want to start trying to pick teams for managers in the last game of the season. "I'm just delighted that our rivals on Sunday are more focused on our opposition than their own at the moment. "Whatever team Manchester United put out it is going to be a very tough ask for us. They don't have an easy side. Even if they put youngsters out they could still field 11 internationals. "Whoever comes out of that dressing room wearing a Manchester United shirt will play their heart out for their club. We need to do the same and be better than them on the day. "I'm not worried about who other clubs are playing, I'm more focused on our game. We know that we have to focus on winning the game, all the rest of it is just noise in the system." Journey Duffen again threw his support behind manager Phil Brown, who in his two years at the helm of the club has lifted them from the Championship relegation zone to English football's top-flight for the first time in their history. The KC Stadium supremo has no plans to make changes should relegation occur and expects Brown to remain in the hotseat for many years to come. He added: "I believe that the journey Phil is on with the football club is something that is still beginning. "He learns; he is a learner. He knows what he doesn't know. He is collaborative, he is inclusive and I think he's got a great future in management."

Source: SKY_Sports