Hull ap­poach­ing key mo­ment, says Slut­sky

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - RICHARD SUT­CLIFFE

LEONID SLUT­SKY has urged his Hull City side not to dwell on what was the big­gest de­feat of his coach­ing ca­reer and in­stead fo­cus on the fu­ture.

The Tigers were left em­bar­rassed in front of the live Sky Tele­vi­sion cam­eras on Fri­day night as Derby County romped to a 5-0 vic­tory.

For a coach who led Rus­sia dur­ing Euro 2016, he admits the man­ner of the Pride Park loss hurt. How­ever, with a trip to Ful­ham await­ing on Wed­nes­day night, Slut­sky also be­lieves City can­not dwell on that heavy de­feat.

“If I spend my time think­ing about the past then we have no fu­ture,” said the 46-year-old. “The Derby match is his­tory.

“Not good his­tory for me, it was the big­gest de­feat in my ca­reer as a coach. But I must pre­pare the team for the fu­ture. I must keep the faith.”

A year ago, Slut­sky was pre­par­ing for CSKA’s Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign. The Rus­sian cham­pi­ons would open with a 2-2 draw in Group E against Bayer Lev­erkusen in Ger­many be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing knocked out along with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, that exit lead­ing to the for­mer na­tional team man­ager call­ing time on his reign and look­ing for a change of scene in Eng­land.

Hull pro­vided that op­por­tu­nity but things have not run smoothly since then with the sum­mer win­dow bring­ing a host of big name de­par­tures.

“This is a very dif­fi­cult and very im­por­tant time,” said Slut­sky. “The next match will show how we re­acted to the un­be­liev­able stress.

“I can think of the mis­takes we made but it is more im­por­tant to fo­cus on the next match and pre­pare very hard. It is pos­si­ble to fall down but then you have to stand up again quickly.

“In Rus­sia we speak about how it is bet­ter to lose one time 5-0 than 1-0 five times. But we will see. Now for me and the team, this is a key mo­ment in our sea­son.”

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