Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Hull City appoint Nigel Adkins as coach

Aina Gets Adkins As New Coach At Hull City Nigel Adkins: Hull City appoint former Southampton and Reading boss
Noah Ferguson | 07 December, 2017, 13:01

Hull City, the Championship club where Super Eagles full-back Ola Aina plays on loan from Chelsea, have appointed a new head coach to replace the sacked Leonid Slutsky.

Adkins will provide a steady pair of hands due to his extensive knowledge of the Championship, and becomes Hull's fifth permanent boss in the past 18 months after Steve Bruce, Mike Phelan, Marco Silva and Slutsky.

Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday left Hull in 20, just three points above the relegation zone, forcing the club to make a change in the dugout, with Adkins now arriving on an 18-month contract.

"The Tigers are pleased to announce Nigel Adkins as the Club's new Head Coach", the club announced on their official website on Thursday.

The 52-year-old has a wealth of experience managing in the English game, and guided Southampton to the Premier League in 2012.

His first match as Hull boss will be Saturday's home game against Brentford.

The Russian is replaced by Adkins, who takes on a full-time managerial role for the first time since being sacked by Sheffield United, then in League One, in May of previous year.

Adkins, who was sacked by the Saints in 2013 to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, moved on to Reading but was dismissed the following season after failing to mount a promotion push at the Madejski Stadium.

Adkins has been out of work since being sacked by Sheffield United in May 2016 after just one season in charge.

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