Belfast Telegraph

Silva tight-lipped on future after Big Sam's Palace send Hull down

Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City

By Declan Warrington

Marco Silva refused to discuss his future as Hull manager after they were relegated from the Premier League, but warned the club they need to learn from the mistakes made this season.

A 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed they would finish in 18th place and return to the Sky Bet Championship, and attention will now inevitably turn to the matter of Silva's contract, which expires at the end of the season.

The Portuguese, 39, had impressed in keeping them in contention to preserve their Premier League status after he inherited a struggling team with little stability back in January.

They had begun the season as favourites for relegation, with Mike Phelan as their caretaker manager, and with only 13 fit senior players.

Since his appointment Silva has proved himself as a fine manager with the improvement he has overseen, but goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt finally put survival beyond them.

"Now is not the moment to talk about the future of the manager," said Silva, understood to be a target for Southampton should they look to replace Claude Puel.

"It's about the future of the club.

"It's easy (to see) what the club needs to do differently.

"We started to lose in pre-season when we were making our preparation. We tried to do many things in January, but it's not good to be signing six or seven players in January, and losing two. You should be doing that in June, in pre-season. You need to prepare better.

"We'll talk in the next few days. We will talk before the Tottenham match. We'll see (if I will be manager next season). I have enjoyed these four months in the Premier League. That was one target I had in my career, and we tried to do our best. Now it's time to be calm and see what is best, first for the future of the club, and also for my career as well."

His Crystal Palace counterpart Sam Allardyce has furthered his reputation as a survival specialist after victory ensured Palace will stay up. They required only a point, but all three took them up to 13th, and the manager insisted the achievement was greater than when he rescued Bolton, Blackburn, Sunderland or West Ham.

"I said to myself this would be the hardest one, given the quality of the teams we had to play on the run-in," he said.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins (Delaney, 86 mins), Schlupp, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Zaha, Cabaye (McArthur, 62 mins), Townsend (Van Aanholt, 75 mins), Benteke. Unused subs: Speroni, Flamini, Sako, Campbell.

HULL: Jakupovic, Maguire (Davies, 50 mins), Dawson, Ranocchia (Bowen, 46 mins), Robertson (Maloney, 46 mins), Elmohamady, N'Diaye, Clucas, Grosicki, Evandro, Niasse. Unused subs: Marshall; Huddlestone, Elabdellaoui, Mbokani.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Man of the match: Wilfried Zaha

Match rating: 8/10

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