Hull City have announced the appointment of Oleg Yarovinsky as their “Head of Club Strategy”, according to the club’s website.
In other words, he has joined as assistant manager. Yarovinsky becomes the first to join Leonid Slutsky’s coaching staff, the Russian joined the club in the summer and has been working alongside Tony Pennock and goalkeeper coach Pat Mountain.
Yarovinsky, who is only 35, worked with Slutsky as Sporting Director at Russian giants CSKA Moscow. He worked with the Champions League club for 4 seasons.
This news is positive for Hull City fans as they have been waiting for an assistant manager to come in. It is believed that the Tigers have been in negotiations with Yarovinsky since the summer but there were issues with a work permit.
Some fans have felt that Slutsky has needed someone that he knows and has worked with before to join his backroom staff. He has only won 3 games in 12 since joining Hull. Nevertheless, he seems to be a popular figure amongst the club’s supporters, who appreciate it was always going to be tough this season after a summer of mass sales of key players and relegation from the Premier League last season.
It will be interesting to see what affect Yarovinsky will have at Hull. They have two tough fixtures coming up, starting with Norwich City at Carrow Road followed by a trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley the week after. The Tigers will be in high spirits though after a stunning 6-1 win over Birmingham last time out.