Marco Silva quits as Hull City head coach

Hull City manager Marco Silva at the KCOM Stadium
Image: Marco Silva was appointed Hull City manager in early January

Hull City have confirmed that head coach Marco Silva has left the club.

Silva departs the East Yorkshire club, along with assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira, after rejecting the opportunity to remain at the KCOM Stadium.

Earlier, on Thursday, Sky Sports News HQ reported that Silva was 'all set to trigger his release clause' and quit Hull who were recently relegated to the Sky Bet Championship.

Michael Dawson of Hull City looks dejected as they are relegated to the Championship after the Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace
Image: Hull's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed when they lost at Crystal Palace on May 14

Silva had been at the club for four and a half months, after replacing Mike Phelan, and a statement from Hull reads: "Although disappointed by Marco's departure, we would once again like to place on record our appreciation of his efforts and those of his support staff.

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Hull City vice-chairman Ehab Allam says Marco Silva was the best manager he has worked with but understands his reasons for leaving

"Despite only being in charge for a short period of time, the 39-year-old became a firm fans' favourite and will be forever remembered for his efforts to maintain our Premier League status."

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Vice-chairman Ehab Allam told Sky Sports News HQ he accepts that Silva was "a better calibre of manager than the Championship and wants to manage in the Premier League or at a top European club."

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