Nigel Adkins is to leave his role as Hull City head coach after 18 months in charge of the Championship club.

Having led the Tigers to a 13th-placed finish last season, Adkins says he rejected the offer of a new contract.

“After much careful consideration I have decided that our futures are not aligned,” the 54-year-old said a statement on social media.

Adkins will leave when his deal ends on 30 June and Hull say the search for his successor “is already under way”.

His assistant Andy Crosby will also leave at the end of the month.

Former Sheffield United, Reading, Southampton and Scunthorpe boss Adkins took over at the KCOM Stadium from Leonid Slutsky who had been the first Russian manager in English professional football.

Hull were 20th in the Championship when Adkins arrived in December 2017 and he secured their survival in the second tier, finishing 18th that season.

In March, Adkins said he wanted to see where the club was going before committing to a new contract.

Owners Assem and Ehab Allam have been trying to sell the Tigers since 2014.

More to follow.