Marco Silva resigns as Hull City manager following relegation

Marco Silva has resigned his post as manager of Hull City after the Tigers were relegated to the Championship next season.

His coaching staff, which includes assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa, first team coach Goncalo Pedro and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira have also left the club.

Silva’s record with Hull would culminate in 8 wins, 3 draws and 11 defeats, with their relegation confirmed after a 4-0 defeat by Crystal Palace.

Silva, who previously managed clubs such as Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos manager has been linked with Southampton and Watford (after the dismissal of Walter Mazzarri), but said that he had not received an offer from the Saints or the Hornets or any other club in the Premier League.

However, rumours added that Palace is also interested in Silva following the departure of Sam Allardyce with the impact he made under difficult circumstances since arriving at Hull and had contacted his representatives to convey their interest.

When Hull was relegated in the penultimate week of the season, Silva said at the time: “It’s my goal as a manager to work in the Premier League. Everyone knows when you have the chance to work in the Premier League, you don’t want to work in Championship, it’s normal.”

The 39-year old Portuguese had joined the club in place of Mike Phelan in January on a deal until the end of the season but was unable to help Hull survive relegation from the Premier League.

Hull said in a statement that they were “disappointed” by the departure of a “firm fans’ favourite”, and that Silva “will be forever remembered for his efforts to maintain our Premier League status”.

But it also added: “Unfortunately, after considering his future, he (Silva) has chosen to leave in order to further his career.”


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