Who does Marco Silva think he is?

When Hull let Mike Phelan go into the season with only half a squad most of us thought they were doomed and that the owners were only interested in collecting their incredible £97m plus parachute payments over the next three seasons of an even more incredible £86m. As the bloke in the Mail says, you couldn’t make it up.

It was inevitable that Phelan would fail and most of us thought the same when Marco Silva, the 39-year-old Portuguese was appointed until the end of the season on January 5 especially when Hull sold their best players to other clubs in the January window.

But they haven’t crumbled at all.

Silva’s first game in charge saw them beat Swansea in the FA Cup and since then they’ve beaten ManU in the EFL Cup as well as holding them to a draw in the Prem at OT. They’ve beaten Bournemouth 3-1 and this weekend, effectively ended Liverpool’s season with a 2-0 defeat of one of the favourites for the league. Even Chelsea could only put 2 past them.

Silva started his managerial career in Portugal with second-tier side Estoril, with whom he had spent most of his playing career. He guided them to promotion to the top flight and a place in the Europa League before moving to Sporting Lisbon in 2014. Under his tenure, Sporting won the Portuguese Cup but he was mysteriously sacked in June 2015, four days after the victory, for not wearing an official club suit during a match in an earlier round.

He then went to Olympiakos and the Greek side won a record 17 consecutive domestic matches, including a 3-2 Champions League win over Arsenal at the Emirates. He left them last summer after they secured a 43rd Greek title and had been out of work since before Hull gave him a break.

We somehow don’t see him sticking with the Tigers for very long at the end of the season and we predict big things for this superb young manager.

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

Jay Egersdorff, ESP

Marc Cohen

Stuart Burton, FuturaRec2Rec

Adam Kaye

Allan Fullarton

Jonathan Sweasey, PDA Search and Selection

Mark Mayall

Jon Martin

Chris Sammons

Chris McEnaney

Manager of the Week

Alex Bloch.......

ManU fan Alex obviously chose Lukaku as his captain and bagged a very impressive 42 points for him alone which contributed greatly to his 93 total.  With Defoe and Mkhitaryan claiming another 27 between them it wasn’t much of a contest after that.

A brilliant week Alex.

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Simon Belcher......

With 97 points in 77th place we’ve got a newbie to this newsletter, Simon Belcher. Simon predictably had Lukaku as his captain but interestingly enough, his 3-man defence of Brunt, Alker and Kone brought him a further 30 points.

Welcome to the newsletter Simon.

The Best of the Rest

Tim Goodwin......

At 146th place with no less than 85 points we find yet another of the Sponsor’s people, this time no less than the MD himself, Tim Goodwin. Tim goes to all the Everton home games and so it was a tad surprising that he chose 3-point Eriksen as his captain and not Lukaku. Could it be anything to do with the Belgian only scoring 5 in his previous 14 games? We think we should be told!

About time too Tim!

Taxi for...........

Charlie Daniels......

The Bournemouth defender selected by nearly 10% of managers is due back next week but do you still want him? Since Gameweek 20 onwards, Bournemouth have changed from one of the best defences in the league to one which has leaked 16 goals in 5 games.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Gabriel Jesus………

He’s played just two games but he’s already made a massive impact with 3 goals and an assist such that City fans are bringing loaves and fishes along to the Etihad. Pep confirmed after Sunday’s game that on this form, he’s a nailed-on starter for the rest of the season. He can score, assist and isn’t bad on crosses. His price has already gone up by £0.2m this week and at this rate it will end up in the sky. It’ll be interesting when City play Chelsea and we’ll have Jesus v Moses and if Pep brings on Jesus Navas off the bench it’ll be like the Second Coming.

No Brainer!

Team of the Week

Our Norwegian friend, Knut Hebaek is STILL at the top, so we’re going see how his team has changed since we last had a look at him. This week he’s only booked 46 points this week to leave him with 1,557 points.

So, what’s his team this week?

Foster

Walker

McAuley

Baines

Eriksen

Sanchez

Lallana

Phillips

Mane

Benteke

Kane

His subs were

Valdes, Crouch, Alonso, Ake

Not bad eh?

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