Hull City are set to confirm the appointment of new manager Leonid Slutsky in the next 24 hours, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

The former Russia and CSKA Moscow coach has agreed terms to become the Tigers new boss following the departure of Marco Silva last month, after the club were relegated to the Championship. Slutsky has been out of work since leaving his role as CSKA boss in December 2016.

Slutsky has reportedly agreed a 2-year deal with the club and will become only the third non-British manager in their history to take the reigns at Hull City.

The Russian is currently in Moscow finalising terms for a work permit, but is expected to return to the UK this weekend to begin life as the club’s manager as soon as Monday morning.

The 46-year old had been living in London in recent months where friend and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been aiding him to find a job in England, while learning the English language for up to 8-hours a day and studying the English style of play.

Slutsky impressed owners Ehab and Assam Allam in interview, and has been one of the big favourites for the position ever since Marco Silva departed for Watford.

Most supporters seem pleased with the potential appointment, willing to take a risk with a more unknown manager that other candidates in the frame.

However, it will be no easy task for Slutsky to undertake. Hull have already lost Curtis Davies in this transfer window to Derby, with key players including Harry Maguire, Sam Clucas, Tom Huddlestone and Andy Robertson all linked with moves away from the club.

Slutsky will be hoping for strong financial backing to aid the club to return back to the Premier League at the first attempt once again.


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