Hull City next manager odds
Hull City shocked many when they announced Marco Silva as their third manager of the season, following Steve Bruce’s early exit and Mike Phelan’s sacking.
With the club languishing in the relegation zone, it seemed likely that they would go for somebody tried and tested, who had experienced a Premier League relegation scrap before and could guarantee a real fight to secure the club’s survival at the highest level.
That isn’t to say that Silva is a bad choice. He has had a fantastic few years in the managerial game since calling time on his playing career in 2011, having quickly risen through the ranks to lead the likes of Portugal’s Primeira Liga heavyweights Sporting Lisbon, before guiding Greek Superleague side Olympiacos to back-to-back league titles.
His early achievements have led to comparisons with managerial legend Jose Mourinho. However, his lack of experience in the English game makes his appointment a real gamble for Hull City.
Should their decision prove to be the wrong one, who will the club turn to next in their pursuit of Premier League security?
If they club are looking to play it safe, Alan Pardew could be a good match. The difference between relegation and survival can often come down to passion and desire, and Pardew is full of it.
His time at Crystal Palace came to an unfortunate end towards the end of 2016, but he did a fantastic job at Newcastle United. He took over the Northern club soon after their return to the Premier League and helped to re-establish them as a top flight club. Hull City need somebody that can perform a similar task, having returned to the top flight after a season in the Championship, and Pardew could be just the man.
Should they wish to take a different route, Gary Rowett could be a good choice to undertake a long-term project at the club. Despite losing his place at Birmingham City in 2016, the 42-year-old manager is still viewed as one of the most promising managerial talents in the game. The Premier League would be a huge step up for Rowett, but the desire of somebody with everything to prove could be just what the club needs to get their disappointing squad going.
Prior to the appointment of Silva, another relatively unknown name was rumoured to be among the frontrunners for the job - Serhiy Rebrov. Like Silva, Rebrov’s appointment would likely come as a surprise and would be another huge gamble for the club, given his lack of experience in English football.
In fact, Rebrov has spent just two full seasons in management so far, having taking up his first post as caretaker manager of Dynamo Kyiv back in 2014. Despite his lack of experience, Rebrov excelled in the role and was soon awarded the job permanently. With two Ukrainian Premier League titles now under his belt, Rebrov could be tempted to try his luck elsewhere, and Hull City could be the perfect stepping stone into Europe’s bigger leagues.