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Hull City appoint Nigel Adkins

Hull City this morning announced the appointment of Nigel Adkins as the club’s new Head Coach in succession to Leonid Slutsky, who left on Sunday “by mutual consent” after a disastrous run of form. Adkins, a Championship promotion-winner with Southampton in 2012, will be joined at the KCOM Stadium by his trusted assistant Andy Crosby on an 18-month contract.

As well as his success with Southampton, where he took the south coast club from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions, Adkins also guided Scunthorpe United to promotion in 2007 and 2009, and has spells in charge of Reading and Sheffield United on his CV.

Adkins, 52, will oversee his first training session this morning (Thursday) and will take charge of the side for Saturday’s home game against Brentford.

Adkins began his career at Liverpool but was released without playing a first team game. In 1983, he joined Tranmere and made 86 league appearances in three years. In 1986, he transferred to Wigan, the club where he spent the majority of his career, playing 155 league games between 1986 and 1993.

He suffered a double spinal fracture at age 23, which curtailed his career and he joined Bangor City as player-manager in 1993, making 95 league appearances and guiding them to consecutive promotions before leaving the club in 1996. Adkins subsequently retired from playing at age 31, having made 336 league appearances in a 13-year career.

Following his retirement from playing, Adkins graduated from Salford University with a degree in physiotherapy and joined the physiotherapy department at Scunthorpe.

Adkins was appointed caretaker manager by Scunthorpe chairman Steve Wharton in November 2006, following the departure of the previous manager Brian Laws becoming permanent manager the following month. He guided Scunthorpe to promotion from League One to the Championship in 2007 with three games to spare and they went on to seal the divisional title to end an absence of more than 40 years from the league’s second tier.

Scunthorpe were relegated  the following season, but returned via the League One play-offs in May 2009. They struggled once again in the higher division, but this time avoided relegation by finishing 20th.

Adkins joined Southampton in September 2010and was joined there by his former assistant at Scunthorpe, Andy Crosby. During Adkins’ first transfer window at the club, he secured the contract of highly rated winger Adam Lallana and under his guidance the Saints achieved a club record of clean sheets in one season. Adkins guided his side to promotion into the Championship after a 3–1 home win against Walsall in May 2011, earning his third League One promotion in his managerial career.

He then broke a 12-year hoodoo of not winning on the opening day of the league season by beating Leeds United at St Mary’s Stadium 3–1 and send them straight into second in the Championship. In the process, he also broke a record by leading Southampton to seven consecutive league wins for the first time in their history. In a remarkable run, the Saints lost only two of their first 17 games. Despite a wobbly period around Christmas time, Adkins guided Southampton to a 12-game unbeaten run which kept them in the top two. Saints finally secured promotion to the Premier League on the final day of the season, beating Coventry City 4–0 at St Mary’s in front of a club-record crowd. Adkins was the first Southampton manager to gain back-to-back promotions and kept Southampton in the top two all season.

After much speculation over his future, on January 18, 2013, it was confirmed that Adkins had been sacked as Southampton manager and replaced by former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino. In March that year he  was appointed manager at fellow Premier League club Reading in succession to Brian McDermott, but he could not stop Reading from being relegated, and they started the 2013–14 season in the Championship. He was sacked in december 2014 following his side’s 6–1 defeat to Birmingham which left them ten points behind a play-off place in the Championship.

His last job before being appointed by Hull City today was at Sheffield United, being appointed in June 2015. The club ended the season is 11th place in League One, their lowest league position since 1983, eight points from the play-offs. He left the club in May last year.