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Ryan Mason to retire footballing career following head injury

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Ryan Mason will retire from football on medical advice following the head injury he suffered during Hull City’s Premier League match at Chelsea in January 2017.

Mason, 26, sustained a fractured skull in a collision of heads with Gary Cahill whilst helping to defend a corner during his team’s defeat and subsequently received treatment for around nine minutes on the Stamford Bridge pitch.

The player subsequently had surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London and was released eight days later but has since struggled with his recovery, before admitting he had “no option” but to retire and

“I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch,” Mason said in a statement released on his Instagram account. “Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice, I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.”

“I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017,” he added.

Mason began his career at Tottenham and had loan spells with Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon before joining Hull in a £12m move in 2016.

“Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world-renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised,” the Championship club said in a statement.

After Mason confirmed that his career is over, he had since been overwhelmed with messages on social media wishing him luck for the future, including one from Cahill.

“Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan,” read a tweet from the England defender Cahill. “Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.”

Leicester City signs Hull City defender Harry Maguire

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Leicester City have signed defender Harry Maguire from relegated Premier League club Hull city in a deal worth £17m.

It was reported that the deal for the former Hull City player is comprised of an initial £12m fee with add-ons. Maguire’s departure from the Tigers would also mean that Sheffield United, who Maguire left to join Hull in 2014, would receive a fee through a sell-on clause.

Maguire, 24, agreed on a five-year deal and will link up with his new team-mates in early July before their pre-season training camp in Austria.

His entrance to Craig Shakespeare’s team would be welcomed as the Foxes had been in urgent need of reinforcements in the heart of their defence.

Although Leicester team captain Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have been brilliant last season, they were clearly playing through pain at times and clearly needed support, and their absence towards the end of the Premier League season exposed a lack of depth in the Leicester back four.

“It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself,” Maguire said. “Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I’m here so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.”

“There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club. He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.”

“You can see that with the structure of the club it’s going to look upwards rather than down so that was a big reason why, as soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.”

Marco Silva resigns as Hull City manager following relegation

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Marco Silva has resigned his post as manager of Hull City after the Tigers were relegated to the Championship next season.

His coaching staff, which includes assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa, first team coach Goncalo Pedro and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira have also left the club.

Silva’s record with Hull would culminate in 8 wins, 3 draws and 11 defeats, with their relegation confirmed after a 4-0 defeat by Crystal Palace.

Silva, who previously managed clubs such as Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos manager has been linked with Southampton and Watford (after the dismissal of Walter Mazzarri), but said that he had not received an offer from the Saints or the Hornets or any other club in the Premier League.

However, rumours added that Palace is also interested in Silva following the departure of Sam Allardyce with the impact he made under difficult circumstances since arriving at Hull and had contacted his representatives to convey their interest.

When Hull was relegated in the penultimate week of the season, Silva said at the time: “It’s my goal as a manager to work in the Premier League. Everyone knows when you have the chance to work in the Premier League, you don’t want to work in Championship, it’s normal.”

The 39-year old Portuguese had joined the club in place of Mike Phelan in January on a deal until the end of the season but was unable to help Hull survive relegation from the Premier League.

Hull said in a statement that they were “disappointed” by the departure of a “firm fans’ favourite”, and that Silva “will be forever remembered for his efforts to maintain our Premier League status”.

But it also added: “Unfortunately, after considering his future, he (Silva) has chosen to leave in order to further his career.”


Crystal Palace thrashing relegates Hull City

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Crystal Palace confirmed their place in the Premier League next season with a resounding 4-0 thrashing over fellow strugglers Hull City, who were in turn relegated to the Championship next season.

In a match that determined the futures of both teams, Palace quickly and easily got the start they wanted as Hull’s Italy defender Andrea Ranocchia missed a simple clearance, allowing Wilfried Zaha to run clear and slot beyond goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic for Palace’s first goal.

With the wind in their sails, Christian Benteke’s header then doubled Palace’s lead while late goals from Luka Milivojevic, from the penalty spot, and substitute Patrick van Aanholt, completed a rout of the Tigers, who failed to register a shot on target on Sunday.

This meant that Hull will join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship next season, while Swansea City, who were bottom of the table and four points from safety at the start of 2017, stay up.

But that was not to say that Crystal Palace were not without their problems. They came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats, leaving their survival in the balance — but once Zaha pounced on Ranocchia’s mistake to score Palace’s quickest league goal in three years, there were little doubts left who was staying in the League.

As for Hull, they had been heavily affected by the loss of £10m midfield summer signing Ryan Mason to a fractured skull as well as Scottish midfielder Robert Snodgrass, who remains the club’s leading league scorer this season with seven goals, joined West Ham for £10.2m.

Even after Marco Silva took over with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and despite six wins in eight home games, the Portuguese failed to mastermind an away win in nine attempts.

“Today we came here to play one final and we started in a bad way,” Silva said after the match. “It gave Palace what they wanted for the match. They knew what was in it for them.”

“We tried but conceded again and it finished the game. We tried to make changes at half-time for a small reaction. Possession is not enough. You have to take the right decisions. At this level it makes a difference.”