Hull City have confirmed that Marco Silva has been appointed as their new head coach.
The 39-year-old replaces Mike Phelan, who was shown the door at the KCOM Stadium earlier this week, and has signed a deal until the end of the season in an effort to save the Premier League side from relegation.
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Silva was the surprise choice to replace Phelan, with former Birmingham manager Gary Rowett the initial favourite, nonetheless Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam is confident that they got the right man, telling, the club’s website:
Marco is a young coach who has impressed us with his philosophy and football style.
“He has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the Club’s Premier League status. Marco will be bringing in his own back-room team who have all played their part in his recent success.
“We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window.”
Silva was most recently in charge of Greek side Olympiakos, wherein the most notable achievement from an English point of view was defeating Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirartes in the Champions League last season, in a year that ended in the league title and Silva’s resignation for personal reasons.
Prior to his time in Greece, Silva had been in charge of Sporting for the season previously. He won the Portuguese cup but was subsequently sacked by the Primeira Liga side for not wearing the club suit during a cup match.
Following Steve Bruce’s resignation in early August, Silva now becomes Hull’s third manager in less than six months. With the Tigers rooted to the bottom of the table and three points from safety, the new man is going to have to adapt to the Premier League quickly if he wants to have a second top flight season there.