• Nigel Adkins during his time in charge of Sheffield United last year (Getty Images)
Nigel Adkins has taken over as Hull City manager, signing an 18-month contract after the departure of Leonid Slutsky.

Slutsky left the KCOM Stadium by mutual consent with the Tigers - home to Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine - just three points clear of the relegation zone in the Championship after a run of seven matches without a win.

The Russian is replaced by Adkins, who takes on a full-time managerial role for the first time since being sacked by Sheffield United, then in League One, in May of last year.

Slutsky leaves Irvine's Hull after less than six months
Hull City have confirmed head coach Leonid Slutsky has left the club by mutual consent after a disappointing run of form.

The 52-year-old has agreed a contract with Hull until the end of next season and takes assistant Andy Crosby with him.

Adkins will oversee his first training session on Thursday ahead of a home clash with Brentford on Sunday (AEDT).

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