Those Premier League upstarts, Hull City, have been very lucky to have done so well in their start to the season, and it would be a miracle if they retained their place in the top flight, according to an 'expert'.
The Tigers have won six and drawn two of their opening nine fixtures, which left them joint-top alongside Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday, but, unlike those two marvelous and shining examples of footballing excellence, Hull have 'fluked' their way to the top, and it's only a matter of time before their lack of genuine skill and quality dump them back where they belong.
That's the view of Brian McMahon, a self-styled 'analyst' on the Fox Soccer Channel programme broadcast in the USA.
He claims the Tigers' lofty status is due to an incredible amount of good fortune, and is little or nothing to do with the skill of the team, or the so-called 'excellent' management skills of boss Phil Brown.
Rather, he says, Hull have played poor teams, or teams that have been suffering from injuries and suspensions. The one exception to this, were Arsenal who, he claims, were bullied out of the game by "Hull's long-ball approach and strong-arm tactics".
Asked, before the game at West Brom on Saturday, which Hull won 3-0, if the Tigers could possibly finish in a European spot, the 'analyst' replied:
"No, no, no chance of a European spot, if they are even in the top half of the league at the end of the season will be a miracle, the smart managers will have sorted Hull City out. It has got to come undone, there are teams looking at them and will find ways to stop Hull. Hull City have got away with it so far and Tony Mowbray is a smart manager and WBA will win this match." *
This kind of extraordinary outburst will become more common as the season wears on, and City fans should get used to it, as their unlikely, but deserved, success continues.
* courtesy MiamiTigerFan (U13077424) BBC 606