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Introducing new Hull City manager Marco Silva

Monday 9th January 2017
After less than three months in charge, Mike Phelan was sacked by Hull City last week and replaced just two days later by young Portuguese manager, Marco Silva. So who is Silva and can he ensure Hull's survival in the Premier League this season?
Silva's managerial career begun in 2011 with Estoril, a team who at the time were plying their trade in the Portuguese second division. In his first season in the hot seat, he won the Segunda Liga title, and a place in the top division of Portuguese football beckoned. Silva spent two more seasons with Estoril, where he guided the club, impressively, to fifth and then fourth position in the Primeira Liga.

Next up, Silva took over at Sporting Lisbon - one of the biggest clubs in Portugal. However, despite finishing third in the table and securing the Portuguese Cup, he lost his job for not wearing the club's official suit during a game! Olympiakos came calling in 2015. Silva's last managerial role before he arrived in English football arguably showcases his talents the greatest - during his year in Greece, Silva claimed the league title, and left Olympiakos with a 79% win rate.

Compared to his last job, Silva is now a small fish in a vast ocean while managing Hull in the Premier League. Despite winning their opening two league games of the season - including defeating champions Leicester City, the Tigers are lacking in player quality and strength in depth, which has taken its toll in the past few months: Hull haven't won in nine Premier League games, they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table, and three points adrift of safety.

Whoever took over the reins at Hull faced a difficult task ahead; the task for a manager without experience in English football is, perhaps, bordering on impossible. This season, Hull possess the joint worst attack in the Premier League, with just 17 goals in 20 games; Silva's new side can also claim the second worst defensive record, having conceded 44 times already this league campaign. Reported by Sky Sports, Silva had this to say regarding his team's chances of survival:

I know many, many people talk about the Premier League and they say we need a miracle to remain in the Premier League. It is normal they say this but sometimes they happen, the miracles. We will try. Maybe in May, the miracle will happen. We will see - we will try to find solutions to improve the team. The faster we do it the better it will be for us.

Hull began the season as favourites for relegation and nothing has changed. Off the pitch, unrest between the club's supporters and owners isn't ideal, but in the short-term, Silva's side must focus on matters on the pitch, in order to improve performances and produce positive results. Having realised the likelihood of competing in the Premier League was slim, Steve Bruce left the club before the campaign got underway; Mike Phelan then felt the full effects of a poorly run club, and it's now Silva's turn to take on the challenge.
In Silva's first game, Hull defeated Swansea City 2-0 in the FA Cup third round: Can the Tigers carry forward that momentum and climb out of the relegation places over the coming weeks? The side at the bottom of the table has been paired with a 39-year-old manager who has no experience of the Premier League; a happy ending looks improbable, but with Silva's fresh ideas, along with new signings in this transfer window, survival still remains a realistic target for Hull.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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