Hull appoint former Southampton and Reading manager Nigel Adkins as their new boss

Former boss Leonid Slutsky was sacked with Hull sitting 20th in the Championship HULL CITY have appointed Nigel Adkins as their new manager. The former Southampton, Reading and Sheffield United boss takes over from Leonid Slutsky, who was sacked at the weekend with the club sitting 20th in the Championship.


Nigel Adkins has been confirmed as the new Hull City manager


Adkins, 52, has been out of management for 18 months – he left the Blades in May 2016 after only managing to take the club to 11th in League One, their lowest position since 1983.

The club confirmed on their website that Adkins will take training on Thursday morning and will be in charge of the side for Saturday’s game against Brentford.Slutsky had arrived at the club this summer with high expectations, having won three Russian titles and been in charge of the Russian national team. But Hull struggled and managed only four wins in his tenure.


Leonid Slutsky was sacked after just 21 matches in charge

Hull are winless in seven and have just seven points in their last nine matches. Adkins led Southampton to consecutive promotions in 2011 and 2012, taking the Saints from League One to the Premier League.

But he was given only six months in the top flight, with Southampton sacking Adkins in January and replacing him with Mauricio Pochettino. At Reading, Pochettino was employed for 18 months but was sacked after finishing ten points off the play-off places. Slutsky could get an early return to football – at Chelsea.


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is good friends with Slutsky

 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is good friends with Slutsky and could offer him a role with the Blues

The 46-year-old is friendly with Blues owner Roman Abramovich and is considering replacing departed technical director Michael Emenalo with the Russian. Abramovich, who may split the role into two jobs, and Slutsky speak regularly, with the manager invited to Chelsea games and the training ground last season. Hull also took three Blues players, Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori, on loan this season.

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