Saturday 18 November 2017

Silva on Saints' radar as Puel set to be shown door

Hull City manager Marco Silva. Photo: PA
Hull City manager Marco Silva. Photo: PA

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Southampton are expected to dismiss Claude Puel this month, and have approached Hull City manager Marco Silva to gauge his interest in taking over at St Mary's next season.

Silva will be a free agent if Hull are relegated and he is on Southampton's shortlist if, as expected, Puel leaves the club after just one campaign at the helm on the south coast.

Puel's position will be formally reviewed at the end of the season and Southampton insist they will not make any decisions on their manager until then. But the Frenchman is pessimistic about his chances of staying and with good reason - Saints have already started sounding out candidates via intermediaries to replace him.

Carlos Carvalhal of Sheffield Wednesday is another on Saints' radar, having considered him before opting for Puel a year ago.

But the 53-year-old Carvalhal is in the midst of a play-off battle with the Owls and has never managed in the English top flight, whereas Silva has impressed many since taking over at Hull City in January.

Inherited He inherited a team heading for certain relegation and has given them a fighting chance of safety, even after having to sell Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass. Silva signed an 18-month deal when he joined, but one with a break clause this summer if Hull are relegated.

In the same way that Carvalhal is refusing to entertain any offers until Wednesday's promotion bid is over - one way or another - Silva and his representatives have been very clear that his only focus this month is on trying to keep Hull in the Premier League.

They are currently one point behind Swansea City with two games left, although they have the harder fixtures, against Crystal Palace away and Tottenham Hotspur at home. Swansea, who have a better goal difference than Hull, face relegated Sunderland away then West Bromwich Albion at home.

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