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The appointment of Leonid Slutsky is a risk for Hull City but is it one worth taking?



Leonid Slutsky has become the new manager at Hull City following Marco Silva’s departure to Watford which will take effect in July.

Most people know by now, the Championship is one of the toughest leagues to get out of in terms of promotion.

In recent years, under Steve Bruce, Hull City have bounced between the Championship and the Premier League.

Now their new man has come in, is he the right man to take Hull back to the top flight, once again?

For a man that has no experience of English football, let alone Championship football, it is a big risk on behalf of Hull City.

In recent years, there have been plenty of examples of foreign managers doing well in the Championship and David Wagner at Huddersfield Town last season is the best, and most recent example.

Like Slutsky, before David Wagner took the Huddersfield job, he had never managed in English football before but has since become some what of a revaluation.

Added to this, like Wagner who has had experience of Champions League football when assistant to Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, it must also be noted that Slutsky also has Champions League experience under his belt with CSKA Moscow.

A manager with arguably a better managerial record than Wagner and the same sort of experience may spell out success for the Hull City fans.

On the other hand though, there has also been examples of failings, even from managers that have succeed in English football such as Roberto Di Matteo at Villa, at the start of last season.

A man who had won the Champions League with Chelsea but failed to make a positive impact on a team that were tipped to be chasing promotion, could be a sign that this season could end up not being what Hull City fans actually expect or predict.

Following their relegation from the Premier League, Hull will have a lot of finances behind them and will surely be deemed as one of the big boys within the league to allow them to attract the players the want for the promotion push.

Anything less than at least the play-offs this coming season will surely be seen as a failure from the owners and the fans in particular.

The BBC reported that Slutsky has links and a good friendship with the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich which could may see an opening to potential loan spells for some of the Chelsea youngsters.

If this were to be the case, a mix of youth and some old and experienced heads such as Michael Dawson could really work.

This could all depend though on how much Slutsky wishes to alter the Hull City line up and how much he may want to bring in players from his native Russia, instead of using proven Championship experience.

If this was the case, it could take a couple of months before the team gels and starts to see some form of success and even if they did gel, that success is not always guaranteed.

The appointment of Slutsky shows real intent from the Tigers owners for their bid to get back to the big time but Hull fan’s should not be getting their hopes up just yet.

It may turn out to be a slow start for Slutsky but only time will tell as to whether he will be the man for the job to take Hull back to the top flight.

As we all know, the Championship season is a long one and along with the other 23 teams in the league, Hull will have to make sure that they recruit well and stay consistent enough to cement themselves among the promotion places come the end of the season.

Let us know in the comment section below if you believe that Slutsky will be a success or a failure at Hull and your reasons why!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: The appointment of Leonid Slutsky is a risk for Hull City but is it one worth taking?

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