Who would replace Leonid Slutsky if Hull City sack him?
Hull City are reportedly on the brink of sacking manager Leonid Slutsky after a poor start to the season. Many fans believe he has been given Saturday's game at home to Bristol City to save his job.
Hull have won four games out of 18 matches and are currently sitting in 20th position in the Championship. Slutsky joined the club in July having previously managed CSKA Moscow and the Russia national team. He faced a difficult summer with the Tigers with a mass exodus of key players like Harry Maguire, Sam Clucas, Tom Huddlestone and Andy Robertson leaving East Yorkshire. The Russian did his best to replace them by bringing in the likes of Nouha Dicko, Jackson Irvine and some Chelsea loanees like Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori. However, one thing that is evident from Hull this season is the failure to replace those who left.
A return to management for Adkins?
With it looking like Slutsky's days with Hull are numbered, there have been some questions asked about who would replace him. One man who has been heavily linked is former Scunthorpe United, Southampton, Reading and Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins. He is believed to have a good relationship with Hull City club secretary Matt Wild and was in the running for the job in the summer but lost out to Slutsky.
Adkins guided Scunthorpe to two separate promotions to the Championship and took Southampton from League One to the Premier League. However, his last two jobs at Reading and Sheffield United have resulted in sackings which have left some Hull fans questioning whether he is suitable for them or not.
Other names in the frame
Another man who could be linked with a move to Hull is Southend manager Phil Brown. He guided the Tigers to their first ever promotion to the top flight in 2008 and kept them up in their first season there before being harshly sacked during the next campaign. Could he make a fairytale return to East Yorkshire?
Former Colchester United, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Wolves manager Paul Lambert has also been linked replacing Leonid Slutsky. He has been out of work since leaving Wolves at the end of last season. His biggest achievement in football was guiding Norwich City to back-to-back promotion from League One to the Premier League. His tenure at Aston Villa was not a failure as such but it ultimately did not work out for him. He deserves another chance in the game and could be handed it by Hull City. He is also being linked with the Scotland job so this is an interesting story to look out for.
Another name that can be thrown into the hat is Aitor Karanka. He turned down the Birmingham City job after Harry Redknapp was sacked and was linked with the Sunderland job. he has been out of a job since being sacked by Middlesbrough in the top flight last season. However, he seems to be linked with a lot of jobs at the moment but seems to be waiting for the right one to come along. Karanka did a good job at Boro and Hull is a club with a good stadium, fanbase and infrastructure so it may tempt him. However, the one thing that may put potential manager's off is the relationship between the fans and the owners, which is sour.