Hull FC confirm appointment of Lee Radford as new head coach
Former captain Lee Radford has been confirmed as the new head coach of Hull FC.
Last Updated: 25/09/13 5:33pm
Andy Last will be his assistant and Motu Tony has been appointed as the club's football manager.
Radford succeeds Australian Peter Gentle, who parted company with the club on Tuesday, and at the age of 34 he becomes the youngest coach in Super League.
Radford, who joined his hometown club in 1997 and returned for a second spell in 2006 after a successful eight-year stint at Bradford, retired from playing in 2011.
He played over 200 times for Hull, leading them out at Wembley in the 2008 Challenge Cup final.
He coached local team East Hull for over a decade and after he stopped playing he coached Hull's U20s and then worked as defensive coach under Gentle.
Hull were hammered 76-18 by Huddersfield in the play-offs and owner Adam Pearson says he wants more consistency from the team next season.
"We've looked at it and we feel it is right to put Hull people in charge," said Pearson.
"I need a leader who people naturally look up to and can instill a little bit of discipline, a little bit of fear, and can get some consistency into our play," he said.
"I want someone to make sure the team plays every week and not just when it wants to. I think Lee has those qualities."