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Why Paul Merson owes Marco Silva an apology.

Thursday 2nd February 2017
Last night Marco Silva pulled off another tactical masterclass. His Hull City team for the second time in a week got the better of a Manchester United side worth 8x the value of his Hull squad. This has left more egg on the face of armchair pundit Paul Merson, who refused to give the former Olympiakos manager a chance before a ball had even been kicked.
A couple of weeks back we witnessed an outrageous moment on live television that typified the English attitude towards football. Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson blurted out absolute nonsense on the appointment of Marco Silva. And with that outburst, the 48-year old made the World understand why England will never succeed on the International stage.

Paul Merson and his likewise ignorant sidekick Phil Thompson made their feelings very clear over Silva's appointment. Expressing that they felt English managers weren't getting enough high-profile opportunities in the English leagues. Even after Jeff Stelling read out the impressive credentials of Silva, Merson wasn't having any of it.

"No offence, but I could probably win the Greek Premiership."
No you couldn't, get some badges first. Silva is a man who has taken a minnow in Estoril out of obscurity to the Europa League, won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting and won the Greek title with Olympiakos, how dare Merson question his credentials. The man even went on a 17-game winning streak for goodness sake.
Merson's ignorance continued to shine through like never before when he plucked up the audacity to say:

"Why is this geezer any different to Gary Rowett."

*head in hands*

First of all this 'geezer' is a manager that's done more in English football than you ever have. Second of all, you want the same Gary Rowett that's only won 40% of his games as a manager down in the lower league? Do me a favour. Let's be realistic, can anybody name ONE elite level English manager anywhere in the world? If so, you can stop reading this right now. If not, let's continue.

Nationality shouldn't be a factor when considering the suitability of a coach. I'm all for English managers prospering on the big stage but if they're not good enough, they're not good enough. No point plunging people into places where they're out of their depth. That's why Hull had to look for a new manager in the first place because they put an Englishman in Mike Phelan out of his depth and he failed. End of.

When Arsène Wenger first arrived in the Premier League he was a nobody, the same ignorant British press greeted him with disdain. Now he's one of the most successful managers to ever step foot on English soil. They did the same with Pochettino, now he's one of the leading managers in the world.
Thankfully Marco Silva has responded to all the unjustified criticism in a typically classy manner.

"I respect all the opinions, what the football people talk, but for me not important really."

Since the comments, the 39-year old has let the football do the talking. notably in getting the better of a United team worth 8 times more than the value of his squad. Silva's Hull team lie 19th in the league right now 4 points away from safety. However, with faltering teams like Leicester City & Middlesbrough in their eyeline, I wouldn't bet against Marco Silva undoing the damage of Mike Phelan and beating the drop this season.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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