BREAKING NEWS: Fulham appoint former Everton, Hull and Watford manager Marco Silva as their new boss to lead their challenge towards Premier League promotion… replacing Scott Parker who jumped ship to Bournemouth
- Fulham have appointed Marco Silva as their new head coach on a three-year deal
- Silva replaces Scott Parker – who jumped ship to Bournemouth earlier this week
- The Portuguese coach has been jobless since being sacked by Everton in 2019
- Shahid Khan revealed Silva’s won him over in a meeting in Portugal last week
- Silva will be assisted by Luis Boa Morte, who played 250 times for Fulham
Marco Silva has been appointed as Fulham’s new head coach on a three-year deal, replacing Scott Parker who jumped ship to Bournemouth last week.
The Portuguese coach has beaten the likes of Swansea City’s Steve Cooper, Chris Wilder, Eddie Howe and Javier Pereira to the job – who were all considered for the Craven Cottage role as well, as revealed by Sportsmail earlier this week.
Former Fulham midfielder Luis Boa Morte has been installed as Silva’s assistant having played over 250 times for the west Londoners during his playing career.
Fulham have appointed former Everton, Hull and Watford coach Marco Silva as manager
Silva replaced Scott Parker (above) who has jumped ship to Championships side Bournemouth
Speaking to the official website, Silva said: ‘I’m really pleased and proud to be appointed Head Coach of such a historic football club.
‘I want to thank the owner, Mr Khan, Tony Khan and the entire football structure of Fulham Football Club, for the trust shown in us.
‘I’m excited to get started and my message for our fans ahead of this big challenge is we will all be working very hard together to be successful so they can feel proud at the end of the season.’
Silva has been out of work since being sacked at Everton in 2019 when the Toffees were in the relegation zone, just 18 months after his appointment.
Silva has never coached in the Championship and his last job was at Everton before his exit
The Portuguese coach has also never managed in the Championship before, although he was in charge of Hull when they were relegated to the second division of English football in 2017.
His other stint in the UK saw him manage Watford but he lost half of his 26 games in charge at Vicarage Road.
Whilst announcing Silva as the club’s new manager Fulham owner Shahid Khan confirmed that the businessman’s commitment to the Cottagers is ‘resolute’ and revealed a meeting in Portugal motivated this appointment.
Shahid Khan was convinced by Silva’s appointment during a meeting in Portugal last week
He said: ‘I met Marco Silva in Portugal last week and was inspired. Marco’s body of work in football was evident, but listening to him break down in detail his experiences at each of his stops as a head coach was thoroughly impressive.
‘Marco also came prepared, with a full understanding of the players we have and ideas on how we can move forward this season.
‘I loved his energy and optimism, and I’m confident Marco Silva is the right choice to lead Fulham Football Club as our new Head Coach.
Silva has brought in Luis Boa Morte as an assistant, who made 250 Fulham appearances
‘Finally, Marco will add to his backroom staff a true fan favourite. Luis Boa Morte played here, worked here, knows the Club and appreciates what the Fulham badge means to the supporters. That’s a plus for all of us.
‘Overall, I hope everyone who loves Fulham Football Club is as enthused to welcome Marco Silva to Fulham as I am proud to make this appointment. Come on, Fulham!’
Silva’s first task will be to secure an immediate return to the Premier League after Fulham’s relegation from England’s top-flight last season.
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