Hull City manager Marco Silva is not on the Southampton shortlist to replace Claude Puel should the Frenchman lose his job at St Mary’s, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Saints manager Puel has endured a tricky debut season in English football, although did lead the South Coast outfit to another top-half finish in the Premier League, their fourth in succession, as well as to the final of the League Cup.
And one another day they could well have beaten Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Wembley, although the Frenchman has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks from supporters due to his negative style of play, with the Saints mustering just 41 goals in the league this term, only 17 of which coming at St Mary’s.
Yet Tigers chief Silva, who arrived at the KCOM Stadium in January and breathed new life into their bid to avoid the drop but ultimately fell just short, is reportedly not in line to take over at Southampton should the Saints hierarchy dispose of Puel this summer.
Portuguese boss Silva has earned many admirers for taking a seemingly-downward Hull side to the brink of survival, which included an unbeaten home run of seven league games, and a total of 21 points from his 18 games in charge.
That home league run, which for Silva spanned over four years, was ended by David Moyes’ already-relegated Sunderland in April, a result which severely dented Hull’s survival efforts, and relegation was confirmed a week later with a 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace.
Nonetheless, the 39-year-old has been touted to remain in the Premier League given his fine efforts at the KCOM Stadium, although he isn’t thought to be in the running for the Saints job, with Puel’s future set to become clearer this week.