Could Nigel Adkins return to management with Hull City?by Jack Kitson / 05 December 2017, 13:13Tweet
It’s been nearly 20 months since Nigel Adkins was last seen in the dugout, but the former Southampton and Sheffield United boss could now be on the cusp of ending his long-awaited return to management after holding talks with Hull City.
The Championship strugglers are currently searching for their fourth boss since the abrupt departure of Steve Bruce in June 2016. Mike Phelan, Marco Silva and most recently Leonid Slutsky have all come and gone over the last 18 months, during which the club have been relegated from the Premier League, while they’re currently just three points above the second-tier drop-zone.
When Slutsky was sent packing on Sunday night it was Adkins who was instantly installed as the early favourite for the post. Adkins has, of course, been linked with a plethora of vacancies throughout the last 19 plus months, but as of yet he's remained out in the wilderness.
This could be about to change after the permanently upbeat former physio held talks with Hull’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam, and now there are reports of a potential appointment ahead of the club’s weekend clash at home to Brentford.
Adkins, who was linked with Hull in the summer, has previously led Southampton from League One to the Premier League, and steered Scunthorpe into the Championship on two occasions, however his last two spells with Reading and Sheff Utd did not quite go to plan.
Other names in the frame include former Sunderland boss Simon Grayson, former West Brom boss Tony Pulis and ex-Baggies caretaker Gary Megson, while Dean Windass is a 50/1 long shot.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph is linking the axed Slutsky with a move to Chelsea, with his fellow Russian Roman Abramovich set to offer him a role at the defending Premier League champions.
Hull are on the hunt for their 5th manager in 18 months.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) December 3, 2017
Leonid Slutsky - Left by "mutual consent"
Marco Silva - Left for Watford
Mike Phelan - Sacked
Steve Bruce - Resigned
Nigel Adkins, Paul Lambert, Paul Heckingbottom & Tony Pulis are in the running for the #hcafc job. pic.twitter.com/6PRvxO9ss4