It’s clearly not good for your long-term employment status if you are a manager of a Premier League side facing relegation. Not long ago, Crystal Palace sacked Alan Pardew. Then shortly after, Swansea City fired Manager Bob Bradley after the American was on the job for only about two months. And now Hull City has followed suit by sacking Mike Phelan and replacing him with Marco Silva. The Tigers, sitting last in the table, are still 1/5 favourites to face relegation on Casino Pros soccer odds.
Hull City pulled the plug on Phelan following a 3-1 loss on January 2 to West Brom. The Tigers won their first two games of the season, with Phelan then appointed as permanent manager in October after having replaced Steve Bruce on a caretaker basis for nearly three months. But Hull City had taken just 13 points in 20 matches under Phelan and were without a win since November 6 with seven points from the last 54 available when he was let go.
Phelan was perhaps handed a losing card from the start. Hull City’s sale of Mo Diame to Newcastle United, along with long-term injuries and no new signings left Phelan with just 13 senior players to start the Premier League season. ( Yet Phelan led the side to early wins against Leicester City and Swansea City.) Even Ryan Mason, the Tigers’ £13m record midfield signing from Tottenham, has disappointed. Many projected Hull City to set the Premier League record for fewest points.
Can Silva turn the season around? He has been tagged as the “new Jose Mourinho” for nearly two years. The 39-year-old Silva is three years younger than Mourinho was when he arrived at Chelsea. Silva has signed an 18-month deal at Hull, but one that can be broken after six months if Hull are relegated. Silva is an attacking coach whose teams play a 4-3-3 with high pressure on the defence. However, the former Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos coach has no experience in British football and speaks limited English. He was available immediately after leaving Olympiakos for personal reasons after securing the Greek title last season.
Silva’s first Premier League match in charge will be home versus Bournemouth on January 14. Hull were routed 6-1 by the Cherries on October 15 in a low point of Phelan’s tenure. Ironically, that was his first match after being given the position on a permanent basis. It was the first time Bournemouth had ever scored six Premier League goals.
To finish at the bottom of the Premier League, Hull City are 2/3 favourites.
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