Leonid Slutsky called his first press conference as Hull City boss on Wednesday and he was all smiles throughout as he talked to the media.
At first glance the former Russia manager looks to be a shrewd appointment by the Tigers with his international management experience and strong connections in the Premier League.
Slutsky praised the media for their support and emphasised how professional the club had been since he took over.
“We have had two days together and everything is good. I am very happy and everything is very professional,” he said.
“The staff are very professional and the team has a good infrastructure with confidence included in the training camp. We have very good quality pitches, gym, and scientists”.
Slutsky was also pleased with the commitment and fitness of his players following their summer break. He has already made his mark on the training pitch with veteran Michael Dawson claiming he had been put through one of his hardest training sessions ever.
City’s new boss seems keen to have a good relationship with his players and some of his theories on team structure are a breath of fresh air. He emphasised the importance of having a group of core British players who can act as leaders within the team. That is a different theory to many managers in the top British leagues who believe foreign players are the only way forward.
Of course the most pressing questions he faced were about potential transfers and Slutsky explained that new signings, whether loans or permanent deals, were not too far away.
Slutsky has obvious links with Chelsea as he is good friends with their billionaire owner and Russian counterpart Roman Abramovich.
Loan signings will probably arrive from Stamford Bridge and that will be a massive boost for City. Chelsea have had success loaning players to the Championship in recent seasons with Tammy Abraham banging in the goals for Bristol City, while Kacey Palmer and Izzy Brown were key figures in Huddersfield Town’s promotion winning side.
Slutsky wants to sign six or seven players in the lead up to the new campaign. He will need to flex his muscles in the transfer market if he is to achieve his goal of winning promotion back to the promised land of the Premier League at the first attempt.
You can tell he has been preparing for some time for life as a manager in England and his English skills are already very good, unlike Antonio Conte who could barely speak a word of it when revealed as Chelsea manager last summer.
Slutsky again praised his staff for helping with any language barriers he has had to overcome in his short time at the club.
“It’s not easy but everyone is very friendly and if maybe I don’t understand they try to explain it to me in another way. But really I don’t have a problem with the language or understanding,” he said.
Slutsky discussed several other issues including his backroom staff and Ryan Mason in a 35 minute session. He took the questions in his stride and seems to be very comfortable in his new role as Hull City manager.
If this was anything to go by Slutsky will face the Championship challenge head on and will be confident of taking Hull City straight back to the Premier League. Let the Russian revolution begin.