Marco Silva spent Tuesday in his native Portugal holding talks with Porto and is understood to have reached an agreement to become the club’s new manager. The Hull City head coach is scheduled to return to meet the club’s owners, the Allam family, on Wednesday but it seems he will be bidding them farewell before joining Porto later this week. Watford want Marco Silva talks with Walter Mazzarri to go amid player unrest Read more It was expected those impending discussions with Hull would conclude with Silva ending his five-month tenure in charge of the relegated club. The 39-year-old signed only a short-term contract when he succeeded Mike Phelan Dion Bailey Jersey at the KCom Stadium in January but that agreement contained a clause which facilitated the potential triggering of a one-year extension. Although Silva has enjoyed a strong relationship with Ehab Allam, Hull’s vice-chairman and the man effectively in charge of the club, the coach who nearly rescued the team from relegation did not want to drop into the Championship. The former Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos manager had indicated he would prefer to remain in the Premier League. If he was always a little cool about Watford’s interest in hiring him as Walter Mazzarri’s replacement, Southampton looked a more enticing prospect for the man dubbed “the new José Mourinho”. Saints are still to part with Claude Puel and there are suggestions Silva may not be at the top of their list if they were to replace the Frenchman. Moreover, Porto have the added attraction of being able to offer Champions League football. Aware the man they tried to recruit when he left Sporting in 2015 was effectively out of contract at Hull and attracting considerable attention in England, Porto sacked Nuno Espírito Santo on Monday night. He had survived only one season, with a second-placed finish in the Primeira Liga deemed an insufficient return. Silva displayed similar hard-headedness last Sunday after Hull supporters constantly sang his name, appealing for him to stay on, throughout the season’s closing fixture, a 7-1 defeat to Tottenham. “I need to think and see what is the best solution, not only for the club, but for me as a coach and for my career,” he said. “It was amazing for me and, if I just looked at the connection between me and the fans, of course it would be impossible to say no. But I have to look at other things as well. I am sure that next Wednesday we will decide.” Having worked with Steve Bruce, Phelan and Silva in the space of a single year, Allam, who has suggested his family intend to fund a promotion challenge next season, must recruit yet another new manager. With five of Silva’s January signings having arrived on loan and other players also set to leave, the next one faces a major rebuilding job. Ahmed Elmohamady, the Hull right-back and wing-back, looks set for a reunion with Bruce at Aston Villa. The Egypt international played under Bruce at Hull and SunderlandStan Kroenke has insisted he remains committed to Arsenal and his shares are “not, and never have been, for sale”. KSE UK, which is the holding company for the American’s interest in Arsenal, issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange on Monday following media speculation concerning its commitment to the Premier League club, who have missed out on the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years. Arsenal fans turn on Stan Kroenke after ‘Spursdays’ finally arrive Amy Lawrence at Emirates Stadium Read more The Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, who owns 30% of the club, made Marshall Faulk Youth Jersey a formal £1bn bid to buy Arsenal, but Kroenke has no intention of relinquishing any of his 67% holding. A statement to the London Stock Exchange read: “KSE UK, Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms its shares are not, and never have been, for sale. KSE is a committed, long term investor in Arsenal and will remain so.” Arsenal are facing up to a multimillion pound drop in revenue after failing to qualify for the Champions League but the statement of intent from KSE indicates Kroenke is at the Emirates Stadium for the long haul. Arsenal may have come up short in the Premier League but could yet win what would be a third FA Cup in four seasons when they play the holders, Chelsea, at Wembley on Saturday. Kroenke, though, could face a battle to win back the trust of those supporters who believe a change is needed in the boardroom. Chants for the majority shareholder to “get out of our club” resonated around the ground during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday, which proved enough for only fifth place. The future of manager Arsène Wenger also remains unresolved. Wenger chose not to join his players on the traditional lap of appreciation on Sunday but offered support to Kroenke in his post-match press conference. “I respect Stan Kroenke a lot. He is not at fault if we did not reach the Champions League,” Wenger said. “It is the technical department who is responsible for that. I don’t see what he has to do with that.” Arsène Wenger accepts uncertainty over his position hurt Arsenal this year Read more Wenger accepts doubts surrounding whether or not he would be staying on past the end of his contract have contributed to an “absolutely horrendous” environment at the club. He has refused to confirm he will stay next season and, after missing out on the Premier League’s top four for the first time since 1996, Wenger said the uncertainty had not helped. “Overall I believe we played since January in a very difficult environment for different reasons,” Wenger said. “The psychological environment for the players was absolutely horrendous.” Arsenal will play in the Europa League for the first time next season and missing out on Europe’s premier tournament may not sit well with their star players. The futures of Alexis Sánchez and Mesut ?zil, in particular, are far from certain. Arsenal have some selection concerns the FA Cup final, with the defender Laurent Koscielny banned following his red card on Sunday, while Gabriel had to be carried off on a stretcher after sustaining a knee injury

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