Following on from yesterday’s news about bottom of the table Hull City sacking coach Mike Phelan, they have been quick to confirm his replacement. Portuguese coach Marco Silva, has plenty of experience, coaching European giants Olympiakos and Sporting Lisborn, and will take over until the end of the season. After helping Sporting Lisbon to win the Portuguese cup, he managed Olympiakos to a domestic record of 17 consecutive league wins on their way to a 43rd Greek Title before walking away in the summer. Since then he has been linked with various positions until accepting the Hull City job.
It was reported yesterday, that West Ham were interested in Sunderland’s striker. It has also been rumored that they have shown interest in another former player, Glen Johnson. Johnson, the former England international, started his career at West Ham before playing for Chelsea and Liverpool in league and cup winning sides, and is currently a regular starter for Mark Hughes’ Stoke side.
Over in Spain, Real Madrid extended their impressive unbeaten run by defeating Sevilla 3-0 in the Copa del Rey cup. Even though they have surpassed Real Madrid’s best ever run at 34 games, their record of 29 wins and 7 draws since their last defeat, leaves them now just one win away from equaling the La Liga’s best ever run. Without the rested Ronaldo, and with Gareth Bale injured and Benzema on the bench, they have kept up the impressive form of late, with James Rodriguez claiming two goals on what is a rare start for him, alongside a goal by Raphael Varne, meaning they go into their next game full of confidence.