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Why West Ham should be wary of Marco Silva rumors

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Why West Ham should be wary of Marco Silva rumors

The Hammers should be cautious when considering Silva as their next managerial target.

According to a report from Spanish media outlet Marca yesterday, ex-Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is being lined up for the potentially vacant managerial position at West Ham.

David Moyes may look for a way out of east London in the summer, but Silva would not be the right man for the job considering his acrimonious departure at Watford this season and his poor record in England.

Although Silva has impressed at times while managing Hull and Watford, both of his spells in England have ended poorly.

Despite an admirable fight, the Tigers were relegated under the Portuguese manager’s stewardship in 2016/17 – an event the Portuguese manager was hired to avert.

And his time in charge of Watford featured an infamous nosedive in form, a drop-off so dramatic that the Hornets went from upstart top-10 candidates to bottom-dwellers fearing relegation.

A run of five points from an available 30 doomed Silva at Vicarage Road, leading to his dismissal in January.

Despite Silva’s generally positive reputation in the British press, his statistics in England paint a far different picture.

His win percentages at Hull and Watford are abysmal: 36.4 percent and 30.8 percent respectively (33.6% on average).

Remarkably, he did worse at a club he had all summer to prepare for, with Silva awarded bountiful funds to shape his team in the transfer market.

These should all be warning signs for West Ham, a club that knows far too much about misappropriated transfer funds and poor managerial appointments.

If Silva takes over at the London Stadium, the Hammers would regress even further.

Silva’s track record in England is simply not good enough to warrant another Premier League management job, especially a role in a situation as volatile as West Ham’s.

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Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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