Championship side Hull city shocked many when they named Russian coach Leonid Slutsky the replacement for Marco Silva following their relegation from the Premier League. Silva was also a doubt when he was employed to help the club stay afloat last term. Though he failed in his mandate, he was praised for his efforts at turnaround.

Hull City skipper Michael Dawson opines that Slutsky would prove doubters wrong just like Silva did with his achievements in the short stint. Pundits claimed Silva would not be able to deliver his mandate when he was named the successor to Mike Phelan. He was thought clueless and not fit for the Premier League.

However in his short stay in the league Silva resuscitated Hull. He turned around their fortune of one win in 20 games but a collapse in the final month sent them down anyways. After Watford lured Silva with an opportunity to remain in the top flight, Slutsky was named. The Russian managed CSKA Moscow and the national team. This is his first time coaching in England and like his predecessor; he wants to prove doubters wrong.

“I really like him. He’s a character that the lads really like. He’s approachable and works us nice and hard,” Dawson said. On disappointing naysayers, he added: “If he’s got anyone doubting him then I hope he proves them wrong. We all hope that. Our aim is to be straight back in the Premier League next season.”

Dawson adds that the allure of being the top flight convinced Silva to join Hull. “It’s where everyone wants to be,” he explains, so he believes Slutsky would do everything required to help the club back there. He said Silva proved that coaches could not be written off just because they have never worked in England.

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