Wednesday 17 January 2018

Marco Silva rules out emotional decision over his Hull future

Marco Silva has Hull fans' full support
Marco Silva has Hull fans' full support

Marco Silva will not let his heart rule his head when he decides this week whether to remain as head coach of relegated Hull.

The 42-year-old, who signed a short-term contract until the end of the season in January, said he would reveal his intentions on Wednesday after another meeting with the club's owners.

The Tigers bowed out of the Premier League with their tails between their legs on Sunday as they were thrashed 7-1 by Tottenham, but the club's fans made it clear en masse they want the popular Portuguese to stay.

"Big respect," said Silva, 39, who has already been linked with the vacancy at Watford.

"Their support has been amazing. We lost the game 7-1 and they waited for our players and the manager to say goodbye to them. It was an amazing moment."

Former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos boss Silva fell short in his bid to keep Hull in the top flight, but had already enhanced his reputation by steering them to six wins in a seven-game unbeaten home run going into April.

A 21-point haul from his 18 games in charge was not enough, but despair on the terraces and been replaced by hope and chants of support for Silva rang loud throughout the KCOM Stadium.

"Of course it's important as well, but it's not only about that," said Silva when asked if the fans could persuade him to stay.

"It's fantastic to me, but I need to think and decide what is the best way for my career.

"If I just looked at the connection between us and the fans, of course it's impossible to say no, but I need to look at other things as well.

"Everything we did in the last four months - if you did something equal the five months before, it's enough to keep the club in the Premier League.

"When you look at the points and everything it's enough. Because of that they came here again for the last game and they really didn't deserve that."

Silva also had a warning for the club's owners following an immediate return to the second tier.

Former manager Steve Bruce quit in the summer over their failure to invest in the squad, which left caretaker boss Mike Phelan with just 13 fit senior players for the opening-day win against Leicester.

"It's important the club starts to understand now," Silva added.

"For me it's easy at this moment. It's possible you start to win or you start to lose in one season, when you prepare for it, when you prepare the roster.

"Now is the moment the club needs to start to do something different than they did last summer. "

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