Adkins warns against complacency

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has demanded that his players do not get carried away by their excellent recent run.

The Tigers, who host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, have won their last five Championship matches and have moved up to 13th in the table.

Hull are 11/10 to beat the Owls and 15/2 to win the match 2-1.

Adkins is expecting a tough Yorkshire derby against Wednesday who have appointed Steve Bruce as their next manager.

The South Yorkshire side are 16th in the table and 25/1 to be relegated this term.

"It will be a tough game and they have a squad of really good players with quite a strong attacking force," said Adkins.

"There has been a change of manager there and Steve Bruce will come in next month, but his coaching staff are already in there so the methods of how they want to go and perform are being put in place.

"They're on a good run of form themselves and they've brought a few players back into it, Keiren Westwood for example who had been left out in the cold a little bit.

"There's a spirit about them as well, so we know it's going to be challenging. We've been on a good run of form but we can't have any complacency kicking in."

Adkins rues Evandro’s absence

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins expects that Brazilian midfielder Evandro will be sidelined for the next 'few weeks' with a calf injury.

The 32-year-old former Porto star picked up the problem in training last week and missed the 1-1 draw with Preston North End at the weekend, a result that left the Tigers 23rd in the Championship table and 11/8 to be relegated this term.

Evandro has not played since September because of a hamstring complaint but had been expected to feature against Preston until suffering the calf injury.

He is expected to miss the trips to Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers as well as West Brom's visit to Hull at the beginning of November.

"It's fair to say it's probably going to be a few weeks before he's back," Adkins confirmed.

"That's a blow because I think everyone knows what I think about Evandro. That care and attention, that link up play in the attacking third.

"He never gives the ball away and he creates. It's a shame he's not available at this moment in time."

Markus Henriksen could feature at Ashton Gate on Wednesday though when Hull are 15/4 to beat Bristol City. However, Stephen Kingsley is a doubt after also sitting out the Preston clash.

Adkins tips Leeds for promotion

Nigel Adkins is in no doubt that Leeds United will be promoted to the Premier League after they defeated his Hull City side 1-0 on Tuesday.

The Tigers' boss was disappointed that his players could not hold out against Marcelo Bielsa's Whites at the KCOM Stadium as Tyler Roberts' effort from just outside the area on 51 minutes was enough to hand the visitors all three points.

The win took Leeds back to the top of the Championship above Middlesbrough on goal difference after they won 2-0 at lowly Ipswich.

Adkins accepted that Leeds were the better side with the majority of possession and 11 shots at goal, while he expects them to be one of the teams who win automatic promotion to the Premier League alongside Boro who Hull held to a 1-1 home draw at the weekend.

"I thought we've probably played against one of the best sides I've seen in the Championship for many years," he said.

"They're an excellent side. I really enjoyed the challenge. We've changed our shape three or four times, they've had to change their shape. You can see how expansive they can go and play and how quick and they're going to take teams to the cleaners.

"From our point of view I'm very disappointed that we've conceded a goal from so far out, that's ultimately given them the game. We managed to make sure we stayed in the game but it was a really good tactical game."

Adkins added: "If you think we're on an even playing field, we're not. We've just played against a really good side. We've just played Middlesbrough at the weekend and picked up a result there.

"Middlesbrough and Leeds play two total different games of football and both of them will probably be in the top two in the season."

Leeds are 5/1 to win the Championship and are 11/8 to be promoted, while Middlesbrough are priced at 5/1 and 6/5 respectively.

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Adkins makes double swoop

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has strengthened his squad with the captures of Reece Burke from West Ham and Genoa's David Milinkovic.

Burke is happy to drop down to the Championship after struggling to break into the Hammers' first team.

The 21-year-old central defender said: "I like to get on the ball as a centre-half and want to be in a team that wants to play.

"I had a season in League One with Bradford City first but the next step after that was obviously the Championship. The Championship is probably one of the hardest leagues around but I enjoy that and hopefully I can help Hull City to push on in this division."

Meanwhile, Milinkovic has signed an initial three-year deal with the Tigers, 16/1 to be promoted from the Championship this term and 6/4 to beat Sheffield United on 6th August.

The 24-year-old winger said: "I know 100 per cent that this is a very good and exciting opportunity for me.

"I have signed for three years here and I am very happy about this. I had a very good experience last season with Hearts in Scotland and I think moving to the Championship now is a harder level. I am really looking forward to my time here."

Meyler heads out of Hull

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has opted to bring David Meyler's five-and-a-half-year spell with the club to an end.

Meyler, who joined the Tigers, initially on loan, from Sunderland in November 2012 will be allowed to leave the KCOM Stadium on a free transfer this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international made 191 appearances for the club and was involved in the promotion-winning campaigns of 2012/13 and 2015/16.

Meanwhile, Adkins has offered new contracts to Abel Hernandez, Seb Larsson, Max Clark and Moses Odubajo while captain Michael Dawson, who has been linked with a summer switch to Nottingham Forest, is "in discussions" over his future.

Hernandez has been linked with a host of clubs including Celtic, Leeds and Wolves, while Clark has been interesting Nottingham Forest and Millwall.

Youngsters Josh Clackstone, Greg Olley and Greg Luer have also been released while Adama Diomande and Allan McGregor have already left the club this month.

Adkins has also handed one-year contract extensions to defenders Adam Curry and Lewis Ritson.

Fulham can be backed at 8/13 to win Saturday's Championship play-off final while Aston Villa are available at 6/5 to come out on top at Wembley and return to the top-flight after a two-year absence.

Adkins ready for relegation battle

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins remains confident that he can stop the Tigers sliding to their second successive relegation.

Hull are 5/2 to be relegated after winning only one of their last 16 Championship games and face a tricky final three months of the campaign.

Adkins added defender Angus MacDonald and winger Harry Wilson to his squad this week but the Tigers are in the bottom three after Bolton beat Bristol City 1-0 on Friday. Bolton are 11/8 to be relegated from the Championship this season while Burton Albion are 1/6 to go down.

Former Southampton, Reading and Scunthorpe United boss Adkins said: "The performances that the players have been giving, as well as the attitude and application, is demonstrating that the players have got more than enough capabilities to survive.

"You want to strengthen your team (in January) because that's your opportunity. You do everything you can. The reality now is that it's closed and I've said that to all the players. I told them 'This is us now'.

"We've got a great game to look forward to in the FA Cup (away to Chelsea) but we've got 17 cup finals to play as well. Everyone has got to contribute."

Hernandez hits comeback trail

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins has confirmed that Abel Hernandez has returned to training and could return to first-team action next month.

The 27-year-old has spent the last five months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles in a game against Wolves in August but has been involved in light training recently.

The striker hopes he can earn a place in Uruguay's World Cup squad although Adkins' only priority at the moment is keeping the Tigers in the Championship.

"He's working hard," said the former Scunthorpe and Southampton boss. "His attitude is spot on. He needs to play as well. He's got a World Cup to think about in the summer.

"The quicker he's back is better for him and, importantly, for Hull City. He's contracted to this club and he needs to keep working hard.

"I was on the training ground with Abel last week and he's stepped things up with a bit more pitch-work. There's still a long way to go though. The plan is maybe the second week of February. We'll have to wait and see."

Hull City are 7/2 to be relegated this season, while Reading are 10/1 to go down, Burton Albion 1/3 and Sunderland 10/11.

Struggling Tigers turn to Adkins

Championship strugglers Hull City have named the former Scunthorpe United and Southampton boss Nigel Adkins as their new head coach.

The 52-year-old, who guided Scunthorpe to promotion in 2007 and 2009 before leading Saints to back-to-back promotions as they returned to the Premier League in 2012, has penned an 18-month contract with Hull, who are 13/2 to be relegated this term.

Adkins was surprisingly sacked by Southampton in January 2013, with current Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino replacing him.

Adkins has also had less successful spells in charge of Reading and Sheffield United and has been without a managerial role since being axed by the Blades in May 2016.

He will take charge of the Tigers side for Saturday's home game against Brentford, which Hull are 2/1 to win.

Adkins replaces Leonid Slutsky, who left the club by mutual consent on Sunday after a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday had left Hull 20th in the Championship table.

He is the fourth man to take charge of Hull since Steve Bruce's four-year spell came to an end in July 2016.

Mike Phelan, Marco Silva and ex-Russia coach Slutsky have all had periods as manager since then.

Slutsky left the club after presiding over one four wins in 20 Championship games this season.