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Hull City appoint Marco Silva as new head coach

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Hull City have appointed former Olympiacos manager Marco Silva as the team’s new head coach on a deal until the end of the season.

The Portuguese coach succeeds Mike Phelan who was sacked by the club on Tuesday, one day after the team’s 3-1 defeat against West Bromwich.

Phelan, who took over after Steve Bruce’s departure earlier in the season, was fired after only three months in charge.

Silva, who agreed a deal with the Tigers until the end of the season, has a tough mission ahead as The Tigers are battling to pull clear of the drop zone as they sit at the bottom of the English top-flight table on 13 points from 20 games.

The club announced that Silva, 39, will be joined at the club by assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa, first team coach Goncalo Pedro and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira. His first game in charge of the team will be Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie against Swansea City.

Silva had led Sporting CP to win the Taca de Portugal in the 2014/15 season before guiding Olympiacos to the 2015/16 Greek Superleague title. He also led the Greek giants to beat Arsenal 3-2 in the Champions League before leaving them last summer.

Tigers Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam expressed his optimism regarding Silva’s appointment, saying that the “young” coach has impressed them “with his philosophy and football style”.

“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,” Allam said.

“We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window,” he added.

Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady who plays for Hull City won’t meet with his new coach until after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as he joined on Wednesday the Pharaohs’ camp in preparation for the tournament, which is set to take place between Jan. 14 and Feb. 5.

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