Following their relegation from the Premier League, Hull City have turned to former Russian national team manager Leonid Slutsky to take the reins as first team manager.
Slutsky, a friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, takes over at the KCOM Stadium following Marco Silva’s decision to leave following the close of the season.
Hull’s season started off brightly last campaign with Mike Phelan at the helm, getting 2 victories from the first 3 matches of the season, and it looked likely that the ‘Tigers’ were going to have a good season under the former Manchester United assistant manager, who claimed manager of the month award for August.
But following the impressive start, the club began to falter and the defeat to West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve was Phelan’s last match in charge as on 3rd January, Hull and Phelan parted company with the club bottom of the league table.
The clubs owner’s acted swiftly to appoint Portuguese manager Marco Silva to try and keep the team up in the league, and he managed to get a few good results in his tenure, but Hull’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed when they lost 4-0 away to Crystal Palace.
New manager Leonid Slutsky will be looking ahead to the summer transfer window, trying to recruit the correct players to take Hull back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
One of Hull’s biggest problems this season was the lack of goals that they scored, as they only found the back of the net on 37 occasions all season.
With that in mind, they should target Arouna Kone who is to be released by Everton at the end of the month.
The 33-year-old striker signed for Everton in 2013 from Wigan Athletic.
He joined the ‘Toffees’ following their appointment of Roberto Martinez, who he had worked under at Wigan.
Kone, has also played for PSV, Sevilla, Hannover 96 and Levante, so has plenty of experience around the globe and has played Champions League football when at Sevilla.
In his 29 starts for Everton in his time with the club he scored 10 goals, but his chance of regular football at Goodison Park was blighted by injuries.
With a good run of games, though, Kone could prove to a prolific scorer in the Championship.
Hull fans… Would Kone be a good signing? Could he make the difference next season? Let us know your thoughts!