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    Nigel Adkins appointed as new Hull City manager

    Joe Jones

    Hull City have announced the appointment of former Southampton, Scunthorpe United and Reading boss Nigel Adkins as their new head coach on an 18-month contract.

    The 52-year-old replaces former Russia manager Leonid Slutsky, who left on Sunday with the club 20th in the Championship.

    Adkins, who has been out of work since being sacked by Sheffield United in May 2016, guided the Saints to promotion to the Premier League in 2012.

    He will oversee training on Thursday and his first match in charge will come at home to Brentford on Saturday.

    A statement on the club’s official website read: “The Tigers are pleased to announce Nigel Adkins as the club’s new head coach.

    "Adkins, a Championship promotion-winner with Southampton in 2012, will be joined at the KCom Stadium by his trusted assistant Andy Crosby on an 18-month contract.

    “As well as his success with Southampton, where he took the south-coast club from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions, Adkins also guided Scunthorpe United to promotion in 2007 and 2009, and has spells in charge of Reading and Sheffield United on his CV.

    “Adkins, 52, will oversee his first training session this morning and will take charge of the side for Saturday’s home game against Brentford.”

    Adkins is the fourth man to take charge of Hull since Steve Bruce's four-year spell came to an end in July 2016.

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