Marco Silva’s career has gone from strength to strength since taking his first steps into coaching back in 2011.

After being appointed as Director of Football at Portuguese club Estoril in 2011, where his playing career had come to an end just weeks earlier, he was soon moved into the position of manager and made an immediate impact as he won promotion to the top flight. 

Despite Estoril being favourites for relegation, Silva guided them to a fifth-place finish as they qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the first time. He went one better in the 2013/14 season, achieving Estoril’s joint-best ever finish in the top flight as they ended the campaign in fourth place behind Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon. 

Sporting Lisbon would be Silva’s next challenge, taking over in May 2014. In his one and only season in charge, he led them to a third-place finish and Portuguese cup glory – the club’s first piece of major silverware for seven years. 

Leaving his home country shortly after that success, Silva took over the reins at Greek giants Olympiakos where one of his highlights saw a memorable 3-2 victory over Arsenal in the Champions League ahead of the Superleague title being secured with six games to spare. 

He is now looking forward to his first taste of Premier League management after taking over at the KCOM Stadium until the end of the current season.

Source: Hull City FC

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