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Hull appoint Adkins as new manager

Nigel Adkins has taken over at Hull. Credit: PA

Hull have appointed Nigel Adkins as their permanent new head coach on an 18-month deal, the club have confirmed.

Former Scunthorpe, Southampton, Reading and Sheffield United boss Adkins, 52, becomes the Tigers' fifth manager in less than 17 months and replaces Leonid Slutsky, who departed by mutual consent on Sunday.

A statement on the club's official website said: "The Tigers are pleased to announce Nigel Adkins as the Club's new Head Coach."

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

He had been tasked with steering the Blades to promotion from Sky Bet League One but they finished eight points off the play-offs and he was replaced by Chris Wilder.

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Hull closing in on appointment of former Russia coach

Slutsky could be heading to Hull. Credit: PA

Hull appear to be closing in on the appointment of Leonid Slutsky as their new manager as speculation intensifies over Marco Silva's replacement.

It is widely reported that the 46-year-old Russian, who has been living in London since January, has held talks with the Tigers.

Slutsky, who managed his country at Euro 2016, quit CSKA Moscow - where he won three titles - in December to focus on getting a job in England.

Silva resigned as Hull boss in May following their relegation to the Championship and has since taken over at Watford.

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Hull boss Silva admits away form must improve fast

Hull boss Marco Silva knows his side cannot rely only on home form Credit: PA

Hull will bid for their first Premier League win on the road since August on Saturday at Everton without injured playmaker Evandro and last week's two-goal match-winner Oumar Niasse.

Head coach Marco Silva had been hoping Evandro could shake off a calf injury in time to boost his side's survival hopes, while Niasse is ineligible to face his parent club after firing Hull to last week's crucial win against Swansea.

Silva agreed his side must quickly address their wretched away record this season if they are to survive another campaign in the top flight.

But the statistics do not read favourably. The Tigers have taken only five points from 14 away league fixtures since securing promotion in May - their only victory came at Swansea on August 20 - and they have not won at Goodison Park since 1952.

Even so, Silva remains optimistic and believes some recent performances have not always been matched by points earned.

Of course we do need to improve our performance away. In some (away) games we have improved, we've shown progress, but the results achieved are not the best.

Only against Man United (0-0) we had a very good result, but the others no, and our last performance away against Leicester was not the best, that's clear.

We need to improve this situation and we've worked this week in a bid to take points.

Our form at home has been very good because we've achieved results and this gives confidence to our players.

We've had good performances away, but not achieved the results and we need to change this situation as soon as possible because the 10 games we have left in the Premier League, not only are there five at home, but five of them are away and we need to take points.

– Marco Silva

Hull charged by FA over reaction to booking at Arsenal

Hull have been charged for failing to control their players. Credit: PA

Hull have been charged with failing to control their players during Saturday's Premier League match at Arsenal.

Tigers players surrounded referee Mark Clattenburg after Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs was only booked for fouling Lazar Markovic when the Hull winger was clear on goal.

A Football Association statement read: "Hull City have been charged for failing to control their players.

"It is alleged that in or around the 55th minute of the game against Arsenal on Saturday (11 February 2017), the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

"The club have until 6pm on 17 February 2017 to respond to the charge.

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