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Silva putting Hull’s relegation scrap before any long-term contract talks

Date Posted,April 7, 2017

Marco Silva insists his focus is on ensuring Hull’s great escape after putting talks over his future on hold.

The Portuguese head coach has transformed the Tigers since replacing Mike Phelan in January, with the 4-2 midweek win over Middlesbrough lifting them out of the bottom three for the first time in almost six months.

Hull are fourth in the form table since Silva’s arrival, behind only Tottenham, Chelsea and Everton – and better than today’s opponents Manchester City.

Silva has silenced critics who wrote off his appointment as a panic move.

He is only contracted until the summer, but insists no discussions on his future are planned until the season ends.

The Portuguese has transformed the Tigers (Photo: Getty)

Hull are keen to tie him down to a long-term deal and Silva said: “At this present time the deal I have with our chairman is that we have only one focus and that is to remain in the Premier League.

“There is no new contract offer at this stage, but I have a good relationship with the owners, we’re in regular contract and there is big respect between us.

“At the end of the season we will talk for sure, but at the moment we are all focused on our goal. I’m happy here and I’m focused day to day on my job.”

Hull could struggle to hang on to the former Olympiakos coach if he is successful in his rescue mission. He is happy to keep his options open after extending his three-year unbeaten home record in the league as a coach since arriving in England.

Hull eased to a 4-2 win over Boro midweek (Photo: Getty)

Silva added: “Of course with the life of a football manager, you never know what might happen tomorrow.

“I came here with a big motivation to keep the club up. At the end of the season we will have time to talk about the situation.”

Skipper Michael Dawson reckons Hull must lose their travel sickness to ensure they avoid the drop.

The Tigers are unbeaten with five wins out of six at the KCOM Stadium since Silva’s appointment.

But they have only taken one point from the last 15 games on the road.

Set to make his first start for more than two months, Dawson said: “Our home form’s been incredible since the gaffer came in. Now we need to pick up points away from home.”

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