Russian manager Leonid Slutsky, who was linked with the vacant Watford head coach role when Walter Mazzarri left, is reportedly on the verge of to become Hull City's new boss.

Reports had suggested that Gino Pozzo was interested in both Marco Silva and Slutsky but it was Silva who the Hornets owner plumped for to replace Mazzarri.

46-year-old Slutsky has enjoyed a successful career in his home country, managing Russian giants CSKA Moscow leading them to three titles in four years.

He also took them to the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history. While managing CSKA, he also spent a time combining his role with managing the Russian national side.

Slutsky quit his CSKA job in December and has spent some of the last six months looking for a new position in the UK while living with his friend and Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich.