Marco Silva named as Hull City's Head Coach

The 39-year-old has signed a contract until the end of the season

Marco Silva named as Hull City's Head Coach

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Former Sporting Lisbon manager Marco Silva has been named as Hull City's new Head Coach.

Silva replaces Mike Phelan, who was sacked earlier this week. Silva has signed a contract with Hull until the end of the current season.

The 39-year-old has had success in each of his three previous managerial jobs. He led Estoril to the Portuguese Segunda title, earning promotion to the top-flight in 2012. He moved to Sporting Lisbon in 2014 where he spent a single season in charge. That resulted in a Portuguese Cup title.

Before moving to Hull, Silva spent last season at Olympiacos in Greece, leading the team to the Super League title. In Europe, his side defeated Arsenal in the Champions League group stages in London, before losing the return tie in Greece.

While at Sporting, he also played Chelsea in two Champions League group matches, losing both games. The ties against the two London sides are his only managerial experiences against English teams.

Speaking after the announcement, Hull City's Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam was delighted the club got Silva to sign up for the next five months.

"He has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the Club’s Premier League status. Marco will be bringing in his own back-room team who have all played their part in his recent success."

Hull City currently lie at the foot of the table, with only three wins in 20 games. They are three points away from safety. Silva's first match in charge will be the FA Cup Third Round match against Swansea City this weekend.