‘Not many managers enhance their reputation and still get relegated’

first_imgHull City will have a battle on their hands to secure Marco Silva’s services for next season, former defender Sam Ricketts has warned.The Tigers were relegated to the Championship on Sunday after a 4-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace, after just one season in the Premier League.City have had a lot to deal with both on and off the field this term and were barely given a chance in their bid to beat the drop.Silva was brought in as manager in January and a number of positive results at the KC Stadium helped give them a fighting chance of survival.“Their home form wasn’t good enough until Marco Silva came in,” Ricketts told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“For some reason, he managed to get them playing so well [at home], it is well documented as a person he had gone [three years] unbeaten at home.“He brought that to Hull which is huge for a club struggling, everyone had written them off when he arrived.“I don’t think there will be too many managers who have been able to enhance their reputation as much as he has and still get relegated. He has done a fantastic job to get them this close to staying up.”The Portuguese boss, 39, is out of contract in the summer and he refused to commit his future to the club, with recent reports linking him to Watford.Ricketts, who spent three years at the East Yorkshire club, said: “I look at it a little bit like Rafa Benitez at Newcastle last year, they obviously sat him down and guaranteed him whatever he wanted.“I don’t see that with Hull, Marco Silva’s reputation is that good now I think bigger sides will come in for him straight away.“I don’t know if Hull and the owners, who have been trying to sell the club, really want to invest the money which Marco Silva will probably demand to ensure the club are fighting at the top end, to improve and come back again.”READ MORE: Marco Silva refuses to commit future to Hull following relegation from the Premier Leaguelast_img


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