According to the Telegraph, Leonid Slutsky could be offered a route directly back into football following his dismissal from Hull City, with Premier League champions, Chelsea, potentially having a vacancy for the Russian.
Slutsky and Hull parted company last night, after the Russian manager had endured a torrid start to life in the Sky Bet Championship with the Tigers, who are facing the possibility of a relegation battle later this season.
The Tigers currently sit 20th in the Championship table following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, just three points outside the division’s relegation zone, having won on just four occasions so far this season.
That run of form has cost Slutsky his job, but the 46-year-old, who is close with Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, could be offered a route straight back into football with the Premier League club.
Chelsea are on the lookout for a new technical director following Michael Emenalo’s departure from Stamford Bridge, with reports suggesting that the door could be open for Slutsky’s arrival in some capacity behind the scenes.
Slutsky is expected to take time over any decision regarding his future, but is expected to speak to long-term friend Abramovich regarding his next step.
Nigel Adkins is reportedly in-line to replace Slutsky at the KCOM Stadium, according to BBC Radio Humberside.
Slutsky will have fallen on his feet if he lands any kind of appointment at Chelsea.
The Russian’s spell at Hull was certainly one to forget, but Slutsky must be remembered as a top coach, who had previously excelled prior to his risky move to the KCOM Stadium.
His friendship with Abramovich might be the reasoning behind his contention for the vacancy at Chelsea, but the duo will know how each other work and it could prove to be a good appointment.
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