Nigel Adkins returns to management with Hull City

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 07 December 2017, 08:29

Hull City have announced Nigel Adkins as their new head coach, with the former Southampton and Scunthorpe boss replacing Leonid Slutsky at the KCOM Stadium on an 18-month contract.

Adkins, who is joined by assistant Andy Crosby, will oversee training on Friday morning and will be in the dugout for Saturday’s championship clash at home to Brentford.

Hull sacked Slutsky on Sunday with the club 20th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

Adkins had been out of work since leaving Sheffield United back in May 2016. It may not have quite worked out for him with the Blades, or in a previous spell at Reading, but Adkins did memorably lead Southampton from League One to the Premier League - winning 67 of his 124 games - while he also guided Scunthorpe into the Championship on two occasions.

Adkins will now be tasked with saving Hull from the dreaded drop down to the third-tier. The club have endured a tough time back in the Championship following their relegation from the top-flight, but while the Slutsky experiment failed, it’s hoped that the permanently upbeat and positive Adkins can propel the club out of its rotten rut.

This weekend Adkins’ Hull are priced at 2/1 to beat 11th-placed Brentford, who have lost just once in 13 games, while they can be backed at 8/1 to go on and finish in the top-half of the table.

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