We are delighted to announce Leonid Slutsky as our new Head Coach.
The 46-year-old former Head Coach of the Russian national team and title-winner with CSKA Moscow will arrive in Hull next week (subject to international clearance) with preparation for the 2017/18 season already well underway.
Speaking about the appointment, Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam said: “I am delighted to welcome Leonid as our new Head Coach. After a thorough recruitment process, Leonid’s attention to detail, thoughts on playing style and his ambition made him the stand-out candidate.
“The Club has made plans for pre-season training and friendlies, with some exciting fixtures to be announced next week, and squad planning with Leonid is already underway. Leonid has enjoyed success at both club and international level and I am excited about his plans for guiding us back towards the Premier League.”
Having seen his playing career ended by injury as a teenager, Slutsky eventually moved into coaching and took over as Head Coach of FC Moscow in 2005. He then moved on to Krylia Sovetov where he spent almost two years before being appointed Head Coach of CSKA Moscow in 2009.
He guided CSKA to three Russian Premier League titles before resigning last December. During his time with CSKA, Slutsky was also appointed Head Coach of the Russian national side and guided his country to the finals of Euro 2016 before stepping down last summer.
Slutsky is now looking forward to starting work at the KCOM Stadium, saying: “I am delighted to become the Head Coach of Hull City and I am very much looking forward to the challenge of guiding the Club back to the Premier League.
“I already know that this is an important Club with a big and loyal fanbase, I’ve had a good feeling about it ever since meeting the Allam family and I can’t wait to get started next week.”
The Club will look to make further additions to the coaching staff to assist Leonid in due course.