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Marco Silva steps down as Hull City manager

Hull City has confirmed Marco Silva's exit after the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League. Photo: Getty Images
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Hull City has confirmed Marco Silva’s exit after the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League.

The 39-year old Portuguese manager who succeeded Mike Phelan at the KCOM stadium in January, was likely to leave after the Tigers relegation to the Championship which was confirmed after a 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace.

Reports suggest that there was a clause in Marco Silva’ contract allowing him to leave if the Tigers drop down from the elite league, and Thursday he has informed them his decision to pursue his career elsewhere.

Silva was offered the opportunity to work with the Tigers but the Portuguese decide to leave the KCOM Stadium after 4 and a half months in charge. He departs the club along with assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa, first team coach Goncalo Pedro and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira.

Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam told Sky Sports News on Thursday that Silva, who has been linked with Crystal Palace and Watford in recent days, was “a better calibre of manager than the Championship and wants to manage in the Premier League or at a top European club”.

Both Crystal Palace and Watford are interested in the Portuguese manager. Palace looking for a successor for Sam Allardyce and Walter looking for someone to take the position of Walter Mazzarri,whom they sacked few days ago.
Silva also has an option of going back to Portugal as the former Sporting CP manager has been linked with Porto, after they parted away with Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday and are left with a void to fill.