Marco Silva's appointment was met with a lot of criticism, but he's delivered results
Marco Silva has been hugely impressive in the short time he’s spent as Hull City manager.
Having taken over with the Tigers bottom of the Premier League on just 13 points from 20 games, he’s picked up 17 from the next 13 matches to take them out of the bottom three and to a position where they look a good bet to stay up.
All of this has happened despite the departures of Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass, arguably the club’s two best players.
His contract is up at the end of the season and although Hull presumably want him to stay on as manager, the uncertainly surrounding their ownership and other teams' bigger budgets mean he could well be persuaded to leave for pastures new.
We’ve already looked at whether it would make sense for West Ham to swoop for the Portuguese, so with that in mind here are three other potential landing spots for him in the Premier League.
Marco Silva won 3-2 at Arsenal in the Champions League when coaching Olympiakos
Arsene Wenger’s future still hasn’t been clarified, but if he departs Silva could prove an attractive antidote to some of the worst aspects of Wenger’s recent tenure.
He’s made Hull hard to beat and is getting performances that amount to more than the collective sum of their parts – something Arsenal haven’t done all season. Both of these characteristics would be welcome at The Emirates.
His brand of football might not be in the Arsenal mold but then again neither is winning league titles, something Silva has done in both Greece and Portugal, so if the board decided results trump style he could get the nod.
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri faces an uncertain future
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Watford changed manager this summer as they’ve done so the last two years.
If they do Silva would surely be high up on their wish list, with the way he’s dealt with a high turnover of players suggesting he’d be well suited to life at Vicarage Road.
However you imagine he won't be short of offers, so would likely want assurances he'd have money to spend.
Boasting talents like Marko Arnautovic, it's frustrating that Stoke aren't challenging for European football
Stoke are one of those mid-table Premier League clubs desperate to take the step up to the next level, but so far they’ve been unable to.
Sacking Hughes and replacing him with Silva would be controversial, more so given their respective nationalities, but it could be the injection of fresh ideas Stoke need. Think Mauricio Pochettino and Southampton.
The Potters, despite some great attacking talent, don’t look to be going anywhere. Is mediocrity enough?
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