Andy Dawson’s promotion to Hull City is a sign homegrown talent won’t be left behind in Acun Ilicali’s revolution

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The 43-year-old spent 10 years as a player at Hull, but has worked as a coach since leaving in 2013, including the last three years with the Under-23s.

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Pennock, who quit after eight years at the end of the season, is among those who helped develop Dawson, whose brother Michael also played for the club.

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Big changes are afoot this summer as owner Acun Ilicali has his first full transfer window in charge, but Dawson’s appointment is a sign that even with a Turkish owner, vice-chairman (Tan Kesler) and Georgian coach (Shota Arveladze) Ilicali will be true to his word when he says he also wants to keep a connection to Hull’s roots. Dawson’s knowledge of the youth system should help continue the successful flow of talent to the first team as Premier League clubs revolve around Keane Lewis-Potter and Jacob Greaves.

“I hope I helped some of the young players to develop, and now I had the opportunity to move up to the first team through the gaffer, Tan and the chairman.

“It’s an opportunity to help a progressive and forward-thinking club, and from my point of view, an opportunity to help me continue to develop. I hope I can help the players to improve and help the gaffer achieve the goal that everyone wants, which is a very positive season next year.

Northallerton-born Dawson’s time in Hull was sandwiched by spells at Scunthorpe United, where he began his current journey as a players manager.

He had two spells as caretaker manager and also served as first-team coach and assistant before returning to East Yorkshire in September 2019.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” he said of his new job. “It’s a real honor for me. It was an honor for me two and a half years ago to come back and coach the Under-23s. I had a fantastic time and great opportunities.”

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