Hull City have appointed Iain Dowie as their new manager.
The 45-year-old replaces Phil Brown, who was sacked on Monday.
“I want us to play open, attractive football but out of possession I want us to be difficult,” said Dowie who has signed a contract until the end of the season.
“It’s about cool heads, taking opportunities when they come, and a positive outlook,” he added.
Brown lost his job after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal.
“The tenacity and desire they showed against Arsenal will be absolutely paramount,” said Dowie.
Chairman Adam Pearson admitted that he hoped Dowie’s deal could be extended at the end of the season.
“It’s a short-term contract with options for both sides,” he said. “But it’s a very permanent move,” said Pearson, who had also been linked with a number of other managers, including Gary Megson, Alan Curbishley, Mark Hughes, Avram Grant and Paul Jewell.
“I’m expecting him to sit down and sort out a long-term contract on 15 May.”
Pearson defended his decision to axe Brown, who had led Hull into the top flight for the first time in their history in 2008.
“If we didn’t take a gamble, all the stats are plainly saying we’d be relegated,” he said. “In the end, the stats say we are moving in the wrong direction in this league.”
Dowie began his management career at Oldham Athletic, followed by spells at Crystal Palace, Charlton, Coventry City and QPR, before a brief period as coach at Newcastle last season under Alan Shearer.