Marco Silva: the man who proved English football wrong

Marco Silva is currently in talks with FC Porto about taking over the former Champions League winners, with the one-time Olympiakos manager now a free agent due to Hull City’s relegation.

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Had Silva replaced Mike Phelan earlier in the season – the former Manchester United assistant was always out of his depth – there’s a very real chance that the Tigers could still be a Premier League outfit, right now.

Silva’s appointment caught the English ignorance off guard, but in mainland Europe, Silva’s reputation was growing rapidly, thanks to winning the Segunda Liga, Taca de Portugal and the SuperLeague Greece within the first five years of his fledgling managerial career.

“What [sic] is this geezer?

“He’s not got a clue”

Phil Thompson and Paul Merson

Foolishly, and as always missing the point, Paul Merson will no doubt be down the Dog & Fox pub this weekend, telling his ‘mates’ – the generic old white boys club – about how he has been proved right.

Of course, if you have don’t suffer from xenophobia, you know that the very fact Silva gave Hull a fighting chance, until the penultimate fixture, with the likes of Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone as a spine, is one of the managerial feats of the 2016/17 season – whilst playing good football, too.

Despite links with Watford and Southampton – the Saints, until discussions with Porto, were Silva’s preferred choice – it now sounds like the Premier League is losing an exciting talent, who is approaching his peak years.

Still the most important league in the world, right?