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Mystery man and Abramovich confidante Leonid Slutsky lands manager job at Hull City

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Former Russia national football team head coach Leonid Slutsky, who is a friend of Roman Abramovich, has been out of a job since December, when he announced his resignation from CSKA Moscow, where he had been manager for seven years. Now he’s been announced as the new boss of Hull City.

There were initially rumours of him eyeing a job in the Eredivisie with unofficial Chelsea affiliates, Vitesse Arnhem but those quickly died down. Slutsky was also seen as several Chelsea matches (and other Premier League games), sparking rumours that Abramovich had some sort of role at Chelsea in mind for him. It eventually turned out that the Chelsea owner had taken Slutsky under his care and was helping find a job (presumably a managerial one) in England.

Their combined efforts have now paid off, as Slutsky has been confirmed as the manager of recently relegated Hull City, replacing Marco Silva who switched to Watford a few weeks ago.

“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.”

-Leonid Slutsky; source: Hull City

Good luck to Slutsky, who will no doubt bring something different (plus a Chelsea loanee or two) to the table at Hull.