Struggling Tigers turn to Adkins

07 December 2017 04:48:35 EST

Championship strugglers Hull City have named the former Scunthorpe United and Southampton boss Nigel Adkins as their new head coach.

The 52-year-old, who guided Scunthorpe to promotion in 2007 and 2009 before leading Saints to back-to-back promotions as they returned to the Premier League in 2012, has penned an 18-month contract with Hull, who are 9/1 to be relegated this term.

Adkins was surprisingly sacked by Southampton in January 2013, with current Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino replacing him.

Adkins has also had less successful spells in charge of Reading and Sheffield United and has been without a managerial role since being axed by the Blades in May 2016.

He will take charge of the Tigers side for Saturday's home game against Brentford, which Hull are 21/10 to win.

Adkins replaces Leonid Slutsky, who left the club by mutual consent on Sunday after a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday had left Hull 20th in the Championship table.

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

Mike Phelan, Marco Silva and ex-Russia coach Slutsky have all had periods as manager since then.

Slutsky left the club after presiding over one four wins in 20 Championship games this season.

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