Hull City Chairman Paul Duffen Hails Top Flight Survival

The Tigers stayed up today, and the chairman was almost as ecstatic as his exuberant manager...
Hull City managed to secure Premier League survival in their first ever season in England's top flight this afternoon, with a 1-0 defeat to a second-string Manchester United side. The loss proved insufficient to condemn them to relegation though, after Alan Shearer's hapless Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa in Birmingham.

Manager Phil Brown was in a celebratory mood after the game, leading the crowd in song from his position on the field with a microphone, and his chairman, Paul Duffen, although less demonstrative, was clearly just as delighted as he spoke to Sky Sports News outside the KC Stadium after the game.

"It's been an incredible afternoon, obviously after the events of the last six years since the stadium's opened the football club's gone from strength to strength," he enthused.

"[Reaching] the Premier League was an amazing achievement and to stay there has been fantastic, so I'm really proud on behalf of the fans, everyone involved with the football club, the city, the players, the squad, the manager.

"I think it's just an amazing achievement for this football club."

With so much dependent upon events occurring elsewhere, it might have been thought that Duffen would have had at least one eye on the encounters at Villa Park and the Stadium of Light. Not so, according to the chairman.

"I wasn't aware of that in real time , because as far as I was concerned we had to concentrate on our game," he explained.

"When we went a goal down it wasn't the end of the world to me. There's been many games this season where they've been a bit edgy until the first goal's been scored and we've won five games this year being one down and coming back to win 2-1, not least amongst which was at the Emirates, so going a goal down didn't worry me too much."

And Duffen concluded by leaving listeners in no doubt as to the magnitude of the Yorkshire club's achievement, stating, "It takes a bit of the joy off today winning it by default rather then by wining the game, but the reflection on what it means is over 38 games, and to stay in the Premier League, the toughest league in the world is a fantastic achievement."

Zack Wilson,