Adkins arrived at the University of Hull Training Ground on Thursday to meet his squad and staff, and he wants everybody pulling in the same direction in his mission to guide the side up the Championship table.
“Where we are in the table is something that we need to address and I’m really looking forward to working with the players, getting to know the staff and engaging with our supporters,” said Adkins.
“We all need to work hard together to improve the situation that we’re in at this time. When you look at the group of players that we have here we have experience, we have internationals with some of them going to the World Cup next summer, we have players that have played in the Premier League and we have some hungry, young players that have come through the Academy and have done ever so well this season.
“We score a lot of goals and that is a positive that needs accentuating, but we have conceded too many goals and we have to address that collectively.
“We need everybody pulling in the same direction because we all want the same thing – for Hull City to be challenging at the top end.
“This football club has been through a fantastic period in its history recently with Premier League promotions, an FA Cup Final, a League Cup semi-final, playing in Europe – we have to embrace that and keep that positivity going. With everybody pulling in the same direction we can achieve success here.
“Spirit and togetherness is everything. We all share a common goal – you come and support Hull City, you work for Hull City, you want Hull City to do well – and we all have a role in making that happen.
“The players need to perform and we need the right environment to extract every ounce of potential that they have got. Can we make sure that when they go out onto the field, they entertain the supporters and give them something to cheer about?
“Fans want to enjoy watching their team, they want to be off their seats and getting behind the team. Likewise, when you’re under pressure and giving everything you’ve got to keep the ball out of your net – that’s enjoyable as well and we need to have that grit and resolve to make that happen.”