New Hull City manager Marco Silva has insisted that he is not affected by the criticism that he has faced from football pundits.
Ex-footballers Paul Merson and Phil Thompson did not hold back when they gave their views on Silva’s surprise appointment at the KCOM Stadium.
During Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Special, both Merson and Thompson played down Silva’s ability to coach in the Premier League due to his lack of experience in England.
The Portuguese coach was hired by the Tigers last week following the sacking of Mike Phelan, who was given his marching orders less than three months after receiving a permanent contract from the club.
Silva heads to England on the back of guiding Olympiacos to a record 43rd Greek league title, and prior to that coached Estoril and Sporting Lisbon.
According to the Daily Star, when asked if his achievements, which include guiding Estoril to Portugal’s top league and winning the Portuguese Cup with Sporting, means that he deserves more respect, Silva said:
“Yes, but for me it’s not important. I respect all the opinions and what the football people talk about.
“But I don’t care. For me it’s not important, what is important is my work with my players and what our fans feel, what they believe. That is what is important for me in this moment.”
The 39-year-old has a difficult task tonight as he faces compatriot Jose Mourinho in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford.