Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Silva to discuss future at relegated Hull this week

Silva to discuss future at relegated Hull this week

Palace winger Wilfried Zaha said: "It is massive, this win".

He has been wearing the armband for much of Sam Allardyce's reign as manager, which began in December shortly after Alan Pardew's dismissal. We started to lose in pre-season when making our preparation. We've not wasted the magnificent results we achieved, particularly in that short spell against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. It wasn't today we got relegated. There were no nerves, no dramas, just a great win.

Hull protests, for a Zaha handball in the build-up, fell on deaf ears, and further insult was added when Kamil Grosicki's free-kick was blocked by Puncheon's arm. They had lost all interest, they were not even trying to defend. They didn't deserve what's happened with the club this season.

The Eagles seized the moment as they put a poor and overwhelmed Hull side to sword.

When a Palace pass went astray, Andrea Ranocchia had the simple task of hoofing clear, but instead the Hull defender completely missed his kick and Zaha gleefully pounced on the loose ball to slot home.

January signings Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic were key to helping Palace stay up and, now safe, Allardyce can start finalising transfer plans with chairman Steve Parish.

As for Yohan Cabaye, it looked like he was giving the fans a farewell.

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The Daily Mirror carried quotes from Silva after Hull's return to England's second division was confirmed after a 4-0 pummelling at the hands of fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Sunday. We'll get decent money for him in the summer, though.

"People think if we didn't get those wins against the big teams then we wouldn't be in the situation that we're now in, and we would've been fighting until the end".

"It's a very hard task, but once you've done it, you build for the future and try and make sure that you don't put yourself in that position again".

Hull have yet to win away under Silva, though, losing eight of their nine matches in all competitions, with the recent goalless draw at Southampton the only point picked up during that sequence.

"It was a brilliant effort from the players - we tactically set out to nullify Hull City and expose them where we thought they were weak".

"We'd prepared for a final and then we made a mistake after a few minutes".

The relegation is not a problem - it's the fact that the heart of the club has been ripped out by the owners and now they're not even going to try and paper over the cracks.

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