Marco Silva resigns as Hull City manager after relegation to The Championship

Marco Silva has resigned from his position as manager of Hull City, after the Portuguese gaffer failed to prevent the Tigers being relegated to The Championship.

The 39-year-old replaced the sacked Mike Phelan at the KCOM Stadium back in January and despite six wins in his 18 games in charge, the club’s relegation was confirmed following a 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Marco Silva is being targeted by Watford and Crystal Palace
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In a statement on the club’s website, it read that the club thanked Silva for his efforts in trying to save Hull from relegation and that he will be missed by the fans.

“Marco was offered the opportunity to continue the work he has done in the four-and-a-half months he has been at the KCOM Stadium. Unfortunately, after considering his future, he has chosen to leave in order to further his career.”

“Despite only being in charge for a short period of time, he became a firm fans’ favourite and will be forever remembered for his efforts to maintain our Premier League status.”

The former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos boss enjoyed a great start to his Tigers career earlier in 2017, including guiding Hull to take a point away from Old Trafford and defeated Liverpool 2-0 in one of five wins of a six home game unbeaten run.

However, their unbeaten run was ended by a 2-0 defeat to the already Sunderland, which was a huge blow to the Tigers survival chances and suffered one of the heaviest defeats of the season in a 7-1 defeat to Tottenham on the final day of the season.

Silva is very much a wanted man by a host of clubs with Watford and Crystal Palace searching for a new manager, while it is also rumoured that he could return to Portugal to take charge at FC Porto.

As Silva weighs up his offers, Hull will now begin their search for a new manager with former Russia gaffer Leonid Slutsky, former Boro boss Aitor Karanka and Ipswich’s Mick McCarthy among the bookies’ frontrunners.

My Opinion

Marco Silva has proven himself to be a very good manager in his short spell at Hull and after failing to keep them up in the Premier League, it is no surprise that he has resigned in order to continue climb the ladder in his managerial career.

A host of club’s are chasing the 39-year-old’s signature including Crystal Palace, Watford, Porto and even Southampton, who could give Claude Puel the boot if the Saints takeover goes ahead.

As for Hull, I am sure a number of players will also be leaving the KCOM Stadium this summer following their relegation and of the three relegated clubs, I think Hull are the ones most likely going to struggle to bounce straight back.

Hull are going to find it tough to find a manager that can follow Silva but who ever takes charge at Hull, I reckon they are going to have a very tough job. I don’t think Hull will be strong enough to challenge for promotion next season.

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