Hull City will start life in the Sky Bet Championship with a new manager after the departure of Marco Silva, but who could be set to replace him?
The 39-year-old was only appointed by the Tigers in the new year and – despite 21 points from 18 games – was unable to prevent them slipping back into the second tier.
The club are now seeking their fourth boss in less than 12 months and we take a look at the profiles of some potential candidates.
There would be a degree of sentiment involved in the appointment of McClaren, a former Tigers midfielder who made more than 150 appearances during six years with the club. Most candidates would struggle to match McClaren’s CV, which includes the England, Middlesbrough and Newcastle jobs, while he is well-versed in life in the Championship too. After things ended sourly during his second stint at Derby in March, he may feel he has a point to prove.
The former Norwich boss is looking to get back into work, having been sacked in March after the Canaries’ expected promotion challenge never really materialised. However, the 35-year-old has previously demonstrated he is capable of getting a team out of the Championship after doing so with Norwich two years ago. The Hull job would see him move much closer to his native Scotland.
Pardew ticks many boxes as an out-of-work veteran boss and also has a previous Championship promotion on his CV. His last seven years in management were spent in the top flight with either Newcastle or Crystal Palace so there may be a reluctance on his part to drop down a level. Location may also be an issue – the Newcastle job is Pardew’s only one away from the south.
Pearson has been out of work since October last year, when his brief spell in charge at Derby ended controversially – just as his time at Leicester did in 2015. He built his reputation with the Foxes and has been credited with laying the foundations for their amazing Premier League success – and he has already admitted his interest in any vacancy at Middlesbrough, where he is a former captain.
The former Manchester United star has made no secret of his desire to manage in his own right, having had a taste of it during a four-game spell at Old Trafford following David Moyes’ departure towards the end of the 2013/14 season. His name has been linked with a series of clubs in recent weeks. He may lack experience, but he would bring a ”wow” factor to the club.
By Press Association Sport