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Thursday 23 February 2017

Silva hopes to perform miracle

Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass

Hull's new head coach Marco Silva says he will need to strengthen his squad if he is to perform "a miracle" and keep the club in the Premier League.

Silva, 39, is under no illusions as to the size of his task, with Hull winning only three league games this season since winning promotion back to the top flight in May.

But the confident former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos coach, dubbed the 'new Jose Mourinho' in Portugal and installed as the sacked Mike Phelan's successor on Thursday, stressed he would not have taken on the job if he did not think it was possible.

"If I don't believe it I would not say it. I know many, many people to talk about the Premier League and they say you need a lot of luck, you need a miracle to remain in the Premier League," he said.

Silva also faces a fight to keep vital players as Hull have turned down a bid for midfielder Robert Snodgrass from Premier League rivals West Ham.

Snodgrass turned down a new long-term deal with the Tigers last month, and although the club recently triggered a one-year contract extension on the Scotland international, West Ham have tabled a reported offer of £3million.

The 29-year-old's refusal to commit himself to the KCOM Stadium has alerted several other Premier League clubs. The Tigers won only three of their 20 league games under Phelan, who had been hindered by injuries to key players and a lack of investment, but Snodgrass has caught the eye with 12 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.

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