Sunday 18 February 2018

Marco Silva: No decision on Hull future until the end of the season

Marco Silva will decide where his future lies at the end of the season
Marco Silva will decide where his future lies at the end of the season

Hull boss Marco Silva has made clear his future will not be resolved until the end of the Premier League season.

Silva's stock has soared since he signed a six-month deal when agreeing to take on 'mission impossible' at the turn of the year, following the sacking of Mike Phelan.

Little was known then about the former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos coach, but he has lifted the Tigers off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone after winning five of his 11 league games in charge.

The 39-year-old is hot property all of a sudden, but gave little away when asked if he had spoken with the club's owners about extending his contract.

"At this moment I have a deal with our chairman and it's clear, we have only one focus - to keep the club in the Premier League," Silva told a press conference before Saturday's game at Manchester City.

"Me and the players as well, and all the club, this is most important. At the end of the season we will talk, sure.

"But at this moment all of us are focusing on our goal."

Silva's appointment in January was derided by some Hull fans and media pundits, who claimed his lack of Premier League experience gave him little chance of rescuing the club.

But following a raft of transfer window signings, the Portuguese has fashioned a revival at the KCOM Stadium.

Silva said it would take "a miracle" to keep the Tigers up when he first arrived, but back-to-back wins over West Ham and Middlesbrough have lifted them two points above the drop zone with seven games to play.

The Portuguese said he was happy in East Yorkshire and with the progress his side had made, but refused to commit himself to the club beyond this season.

"You never know what's going to happen, not just after two months, but tomorrow, you never know what's going to happen," he added.

"What I know is that this afternoon I will prepare my players and I have one deal with the club.

"I came here with big motivation to work and help our players to improve, to keep us altogether at the club and fight until the end of the season.

"All these questions are important, but we have one goal which is more important than the others.

"First is the club and what is important to keep the club in the Premier League, and after we will have time to talk about the other situations."

Silva confirmed Harry Maguire will miss the trip to the Etihad Stadium due to a knee injury sustained against Middlesbrough in midweek.

Midfielder Tom Huddlestone serves the final game of his three-match ban and r ight-back Omar Elabdellaoui is still struggling with a back problem .

The Tigers' only league win on the road was at Swansea in August, but they will head to the Etihad full of confidence after winning three of their last four matches.

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