While Leonid Slutsky’s main aim during his time as Head Coach of the Tigers is to guide the Club back into the Premier League, he believes he will be managing in one of the best and toughest divisions in world football when he leads his new side into battle in the Championship in August.
The Championship is likely to be as tough as ever when it gets underway, with no fewer than 19 of the 24 clubs having played in the Premier League since its formation in 1992, and Slutsky can’t wait to fully experience the English football culture.
“Of course the Premier League is the best league in the world, but the Championship is a very serious level of football as well,” said Slutsky.
“There is a lot of quality in the Championship and many of the players playing in it also play for their national teams.
“I think the Championship is maybe in the top five of all championships in the world. It is a very serious tournament and for me, coming here is a really big chance in my career. My target is the same as the target that the Club has, and I am ready to help with this.
“The football culture in England is brilliant and fans create really good atmospheres. It is something that is respected by managers and players everywhere. It is the country that founded football, and it remains the most traditional football country in the world.”
As well as the football culture in this country, Slutsky has been working hard on settling into other aspects of English life.
He made learning the language a priority when moving over to London at the start of the year, and is now almost fluent having started from scratch.
“It is a difficult language to learn but I was having lessons for eight hours a day at a very good school,” Slutsky continued.
“I had a target and I think that helped. It was important to me that I learned the language before thinking about a job. It was important to me that, if I was going to work in England, I knew the language.
“I am liking England a lot. It is a very friendly country and people always try to help if you ask them to.
“I am now looking forward to seeing the city of Hull. I know a little bit of the history, and I know it is the culture capital this year. Some of my English friends have sent me messages to say that the best fish and chips in England are in Hull, but I am sure there are many food options for me here!”