In demand Hull manager Marco Silva has made a mockery of pre-held assumptionsby Jack Kitson / 04 May 2017, 11:20Tweet
Is there a more in demand manager than Hull City’s Marco Silva?
The Portuguese coach will be a wanted man this summer as clubs across the continent scramble for his prized signature.
His agent will be licking his lips.
However, it was a different story back in January when Silva darted over to Hull, in an appointment which was met with a combination of surprise and disbelief, especially among a couple of well known TV pundits who were simply aghast at the seemingly perplexing decision.
But, while little was known about Silva on these shores, only six months earlier Jose Mourinho’s countryman had led Olympiakos to the Greek title, winning a staggering 17 consecutive games in the process - a 21st century European record.
Not only that but he’d hoisted a domestic cup with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, after steering Estoril up to the Primiera Liga, and then into Europe.
Not bad considering he’s not even 40 yet.
But, upon his arrival at Hull the club appeared all but doomed with just three wins from 20 matches under former boss Mike Phelan.
The confidence crushed Tigers had scraped only a single victory from their last 18 league games, and it's fair to say relegation seemed inevitable.
Fast-forward to the current day and Silva has miraculously trebled the club’s league wins for the season (from three to nine), transforming the KC Stadium into an absolute fortress after accumulating a simply stunning 19 points from an available 21.
The Tigers have their roar back and subsequently a cracking chance at avoiding the dreaded drop, with Silva’s men two points above the relegation zone with three games to play.
Hull (8/15 to stay up) find themselves in a favourable position as two of their remaining three games are on home soil, one of which is the easiest Premier League game of the season, relegated Sunderland, with whom they face on Saturday.
This is followed by a crunch clash away to relegation rivals Crystal Palace, before a final day battle with Tottenham.
This morning (Thursday) it’s been revealed that Silva has a relegation release clause in his 18-month contract, although attempting to keep him at Hull should they survive is likely to be mission impossible.
Depending on who you listen to or what you read the 39-year-old could become the new manager of anyone of Southampton, West Ham, Watford, Arsenal, Porto or even Barcelona!
What is for sure is that come the end of the season Silva has a huge decision to make.