Saturday 22 July 2017

Confirmed: Marco Silva appointed new Hull City manager

Marco Silva will be aiming to keep Hull in the Premier League
Marco Silva will be aiming to keep Hull in the Premier League

Hull have confirmed the appointment of Marco Silva as their new head coach until the end of the current season.

Silva, who has previously coached at Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon, replaces Mike Phelan, who was sacked on Tuesday with the club bottom of the table.

The decision to sack Phelan less than three months after he was appointed to a permanent role has been met with some criticism by supporters, who are likely to make their feelings clear in Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash with Swansea.

Silva played professionally in Portugal as a full-back but made only two top-flight appearances during his career.

He was appointed director of football at Estoril immediately after retiring in 2011 before becoming coach of Sporting in the summer of 2014.

The club won the Portuguese Cup and finished third in the league but he was sacked within days of winning the cup, reportedly for not wearing an official club suit during a match in an earlier round.

Just over a month later he took over at Greek giants Olympiakos and led them to a 43rd national title before quitting at the end of the 2015-16 season, citing personal reasons.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho described Silva as a "kid friend of mine" in November 2015 and expressed his hope that Silva's Olympiakos would progress in the Champions League at the expense of Arsenal.

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