Hull City’s owners, the Allams, pulled the plug on Michael Dawson’s move to Nottingham Forest last night, according to the journalist Peter Blackburn.
The 34 year-old was keen to join his boyhood club last night and missed Hull City’s “Hall of Fame” event at the KCOM Stadium to travel up to Nottingham to conclude a deal.
Forest had offered him a two-and-a-half year deal and Hull countered this with a new one-year deal. Dawson apparently preferred the Forest contract as it would have offered him more stability. Nevertheless, his contract with the Tigers expires in the summer and there are rumours suggesting he will join Forest then.
Dawson’s move falling through did create a lot of unhappy Nottingham Forest fans. He started his career at Nottingham Forest before leaving to join Tottenham Hotspur but many fans were getting ready for a fairy tale return of their former star.
Hull did not permit the deal. This is because they are in a relegation battle and for their captain and leader to leave would have been a disaster. The club realised that selling Dawson would have caused a huge uproar amongst the fans.
Also, despite signing Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald who they needed to bring to the club anyway for another defender, Hull could simply not sell Dawson as they did not have a replacement lined up and to try and sign one in the final few hours of the transfer window would have been manic. The injury sustained by centre-back Ondrej Mazuch did not help Dawson’s cause for a move either.
Hull will now have to live with an unhappy captain playing for them. Dawson is a professional and will no doubt put this to the back of his mind and concentrate on keeping Hull up. However, for your captain to travel to Nottingham to force through a move away is not a good example to the rest of the players and shows what a mess the Tigers are in.