Hull City boss, Phil Brown, Wednesday revealed plans to offer Nigeria’s Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha a coaching role in a bid to keep him at the club when his current deal expires in the summer.
Speaking on the club website, Brown said the club’s management is interested in the experienced Nigerian midfielder. "The coming of Jay-Jay has brought new spirit into the team. He is a team player and the players have warmed up to him. He has simply inspired us and having him with us for a different kind of reason, is important to us."
He added that he has thought about it and is happy with the idea.
Okocha would also return to Hull line up when Sheffield United visits the KC Stadium this Saturday, as he recovers from surgery to his stomach’s abductor muscle.
Hull will however be without the suspended Dean Marney who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during last Saturday’s defeat at Watford but was allowed to feature last night due to his ban being enforced in seven days time.
Marney has been a driving force in the midfield this season and this was epitomised in the emphatic win over Barnsley. The former Spurs player even added a goal late on after breaking free with Barnsley pushing forward.
Marney hasn’t scored many goals since arriving the club. Last season, Marney netted only once but already he has scored three goals in the league this season and has been transformed since the arrival of Okocha.
Henrik Pedersen is also set to return, along with Caleb Folan, but where these players will fit into the team is a difficult decision that Phil Brown has to make.