Hull City reaction: Slutsky future uncertain after home collapse

Hull City's manager Leonid Slutsky.
Hull City's manager Leonid Slutsky.
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Leonid Slutsky admits he does not know if he will remain as Hull manager after his side fell to a damaging 3-2 home defeat against Bristol City.

Fraizer Campbell and Jarrod Bowen seemingly put the hosts in control and on course for their first win in six Sky Bet Championship matches.

The Robins hit back, though, with Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and Josh Brownhill scoring in the final 22 minutes for the high-flying visitors.

Slutsky’s position has reportedly come under threat following a dismal run of results and the former Russia boss was downbeat after the final whistle.

When asked if he thought he would be kept on as manager, he said: “I don’t know, now (is a) really painful time for me. I can’t think about the future now, about my job.

“If you have a problem now, it’s a very difficult problem about the future.”

The 46-year-old revealed he had not spoken with the club’s owners about his future in the build-up to the game.

He added: “No, we didn’t speak. We didn’t win in the last six matches, (so) it’s a normal situation to change coach in this situation. It’s his (vice-chairman Ehab Allam’s) decision.

“For now it is very difficult to speak, not about my job, (but) about today’s match. You have an open, painful situation. Each movement for me is very difficult now.”

Slutsky has managed only four league victories since replacing Marco Silva in the summer and he accepts his role is under threat with the club 20th in the table, four points above the drop zone.

“Of course people and supporters always discuss about the future of the coach,” he said. “It is a normal situation.”

Bristol City, meanwhile, ended their own blip to record a first win in three Championship games to remain in fifth place.

Robins boss Lee Johnson said: “It was a bit like parenting. When you’ve got a baby and it doesn’t sleep it’s horrendous and then you get an amazing moment of joy once or twice a day - that’s what it felt like.

“We were terrible for the first 55 minutes, it just wasn’t us. We couldn’t get hold of it up front. We defended OK in the first half because we had to.

“We gave the ball up far too easy and, to be honest, I’m in awe of my squad.

“We have got a special team, special character and special personalities to be able to come back from that kind of performance and score three goals in the last 25 minutes.

“You almost saw the confidence tank, when we scored the first goal, completely fill in the Bristol City players and completely drain for the Hull players and that was our moment.”