Is it too late for play-off glory?

Hull City vs Barnsley

KC Stadium, January 15, 3pm

HULL City are at a crossroads.

On one hand, they could settle into midtable where they were tipped to be as debt and parachute payments balanced out.

Or they could push on towards the play offs now finances have been stabilised.

Their current record is very much midtable fare, but that is after a recent upturn.

A manager with a winning formula and a decent squad should see them in the upper reaches, but is it too late?

NIGEL Pearson produced one of the surprises of the summer when he opted to leave upwardly–mobile Leicester for a club seemingly in decline.

But with new owners now in control of the Premier League parachute payments and the side currently working their way up the Championship table, the 47-year-old might have produced a brilliant move.

The towering former Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury and Middlesbrough centre half has impressed since turning to management with success at Southampton prior to winning promotion with Leicester.

STAR MAN

FOR a player who faced a real threat of being frozen out by his club this season, Jimmy Bullard is on fire right now.

Cash-strapped Hull were looking to offload the midfielder and his hefty wage packed after relegation from the top flight, so much so he did not get a squad number.

But those wages put off the likes of Celtic and the charismatic 32-year-old remained at the KC Stadium.

Skilful, energetic and with great vision, Bullard has pushed his way back into the starting line up after impressing off the bench.