Adkins Gives First Interview After Hull Appointment
New Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins has now held his first training session at the club and has now been introduced to the media.
With promotion success at Scunthorpe and more recently Southampton, our new head coaches message was simple 'we're all in this together' and he wants the team and fans to unite and pull in the same direction as we look for a far stronger second half of the campaign.
Speaking to the Official Site to give his first interview since taking on the role, Adkins explained.
'Where we are in the table is something that we need to address and I`m really looking forward to working with the players, getting to know the staff and engaging with our supporters. We all need to work hard together to improve the situation that we`re in at this time. When you look at the group of players that we have here we have experience, we have internationals with some of them going to the World Cup next summer, we have players that have played in the Premier League and we have some hungry, young players that have come through the Academy and have done ever so well this season.'
Adkins went on to say.
'We score a lot of goals and that is a positive that needs accentuating, but we have conceded too many goals and we have to address that collectively. We need everybody pulling in the same direction because we all want the same thing - for Hull City to be challenging at the top end.'
Acknowledging the highs and lows of recent years in Hull City's life, Adkins had brushed up on his history.
'This football club has been through a fantastic period in its history recently with Premier League promotions, an FA Cup Final, a League Cup semi-final, playing in Europe - we have to embrace that and keep that positivity going. With everybody pulling in the same direction we can achieve success here. Spirit and togetherness is everything. We all share a common goal - you come and support Hull City, you work for Hull City, you want Hull City to do well - and we all have a role in making that happen.'
'The players need to perform and we need the right environment to extract every ounce of potential that they have got. Can we make sure that when they go out onto the field, they entertain the supporters and give them something to cheer about? Fans want to enjoy watching their team, they want to be off their seats and getting behind the team. Likewise, when you`re under pressure and giving everything you`ve got to keep the ball out of your net - that`s enjoyable as well and we need to have that grit and resolve to make that happen.'