Hull City's decision to appoint Marco Silva is weird at best and panicked at worst

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 January 2017, 09:45

In his latest column Andy Dillon (andydillon70) reacts to Marco Silva's appointment at Hull City, arguing that Hull lives up to its City of Culture status by staging a comic farce Shakespeare would have been proud of...

...MARCO SILVA will be seeing stars soon if he isn’t already, after becoming the most bizarre Premier League appointment of the season.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool make up four of the first six league matches as Silva rolls up his sleeves to try to dig Hull City out of trouble from the bottom of the table looking up.

It’s a whirlwind appointment which has understandably attracted widespread derision as weird at best and panicked at worst.

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Burnley and Bournemouth conclude the line-up of the first half a dozen league matches.

If Silva comes away with two points from that lot he’ll have done well. But then again the man he replaced would have done just that too.

Mike Phelan is sitting somewhere right now itching to tell the full story of how his brief reign at City came to this undignified end.

One story this week suggests it was a row over transfer funds for the January window.

Rewind to last July and lo and behold there’s a story that his predecessor Steve Bruce quit the club in a row over transfer funds with owner Assem Allam.

The people of Hull are still nursing hangovers from the celebrations to mark the start of a year as the UK City of Culture for 2017.

Well, we all know what the culture is up there really don’t we? Suffer in silence.

Stand up to the owner and you’re out on the street mate.

So in comes Marco Silva. A Portuguese coach famous only for the fact that he once wore the wrong jacket and got sacked by Sporting Lisbon as a result.

What’s needed when a club is in deep relegation trouble in January is a manager who knows which players he can get in quick to score the goals that will slowly lift the club out of danger.

Someone who has a vast network of scouting contacts, can pull in a few favours from his peers with a loan or two.

Someone who can gee up the players and stop them feeling like the battle is already lost.

The problem was that Sam Allardyce is already spoken for at Crystal Palace.

So a manager who can’t even dress himself properly is the next best thing?

There’s nothing wrong with importing a little known foreign manager to bring a fresh approach.

Other clubs have been doing it for a while now with a slow squeeze on home grown bosses.

Southampton did it with Claude Puel. Hardly a household name over here he has taken Southampton to the EFL Cup semi finals even if the Premier League form is a bit up and down.

The difference is that Saints chairman Ralph Krueger did it last summer when there was time for Puel, who had been to the Champions League semi final with Lyon by the way, to bed in and slowly make his mark.

Doing this in desperation in January up on Humberside is a completely different scenario.

Even the publicity photo of Silva hurriedly issued by Hull on Thursday tells you that, with Silva sitting in a drab office with nothing but a telephone and a pot of biros for company.

It’s culture of a kind you suppose but not quite what the people of Hull had in mind and it’s only going to end in one thing - relegation.

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