Hull City part with head coach Leonid Slutsky after poor start to season
Last Updated: 04/12/17 8:34am
Championship strugglers Hull City have parted company with head coach Leonid Slutsky by mutual consent.
Formerly in charge of CSKA Moscow and the Russia national team, the 46-year-old Slutsky replaced Marco Silva at the KCOM in June, following Hull's relegation from the Premier League.
He became the first Russian to manage an English Football League team but the Tigers have won just four of their Sky Bet Championship games under Slutsky.
They scored deep into injury-time to earn a creditable 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday but that left Hull 20th in the standings, just three points clear of the drop zone.
The club confirmed Slutsky's departure in a statement on Sunday night and said head of club strategy Oleg Yarovinsky had left his role as well.
Tigers vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: "Leonid has worked tirelessly in his role and has acted with complete honour and been a pleasure to work with.
"Unfortunately, results have not improved as both parties would have hoped, and therefore it was agreed for the relationship to come to an end.
"I would like to thank Leonid and Oleg for their efforts here and sincerely wish them well for the future."
Slutsky won three Russian league titles with CSKA and managed Russia at Euro 2016 but, after a draw and a win in his first two matches, things began to go wrong for him with the Tigers.
He said: "I would like to really thank everyone associated with Hull City from the players and staff to the owner and especially the fans.
"I am very proud to have been through this experience, it was challenging but a very exciting time for me.
"Hull City will always be a part of my heart and I wish the team all the very best for the future."
Hull added that the process to recruit a new head coach is already under way, ahead of their next game at home to Brentford next Saturday.
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