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Pearson appointed as Hull manager

Hull have confirmed the appointment of Nigel Pearson as their new manager.

Pearson, 46, who steered Leicester to the play-offs in the npower Championship last season, has signed a three-year contract at the KC Stadium and will start work as Iain Dowie's successor immediately.

Dowie took the job on a temporary basis in place of Phil Brown, who was placed on gardening leave mid-way through last season and was subsequently dismissed following the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Hull's head of football operations Adam Pearson said: "We are delighted to welcome a manager of Nigel's experience and calibre to the club.

"We feel it's a real coup for Hull City and that Nigel is the best man to mould the existing squad into a competitive Championship team.

"Nigel had two outstanding seasons at Leicester City and I feel sure this experience and winning formula will ensure the very best chance of bringing success back to the club."

The Tigers have also appointed Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh.

The pair were Pearson's assistant and first-team coach respectively at Leicester, who bounced straight back to the Championship in 2009 as League One champions under their leadership.