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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.

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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