Pearson hits out at players – but backs Radford

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has thrown his weight behind head coach Lee Radford – but has warned the players he wants to see a response from them this coming Sunday.

The defeat to Wakefield was Hull’s fourth in succession in all competition after a run of eight wins in ten – and Pearson insists that Radford is working hard behind the scenes to rectify the matter.

But he did warn the club’s players that he wants to seem them hit back against Wakefield on Sunday – saying that they won’t play for Hull if they don’t perform.

“If the players don’t perform, ultimately they won’t play at the club,” Pearson told Super League TV.

“Some of them have got good contracts, some have got long contracts.

“But most haven’t and, if we don’t see an improvement, then obviously the squad has to change. The coach is working incredibly hard to put that right.

“I didn’t hear anybody calling for his head when we won eight out of 10.

“We’ve had a tricky run of games, with two against Leeds and one against Catalans Dragons away, and you’d accept you’re not going to win all those all the time.

“But we needed to win that match at Wakefield and we didn’t and questions are being asked but not of Lee, they’re being asked of myself and by myself and of the players and I need to see a response from the players this weekend.”