Marco Silva has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton in December 2019
Marco Silva has agreed a three-year deal to become the new Fulham manager. An announcement is expected later on Thursday.
The 43-year-old will succeed Scott Parker, who left Craven Cottage on Monday by mutual consent to take over at fellow Championship club, Bournemouth – despite having two years remaining on his contract. Former Fulham striker Luis Boa Morte, who was Silva’s assistant at Everton, is likely to be a key part of his backroom staff.
Fulham were keen to have a successor in place before allowing Parker to go and talks have accelerated quickly with Silva who is keen to return to England.
The Portuguese has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton in December 2019 and had considered offers in the past from the Bundesliga and the Premier League. There was also interest in him from Turkey and Russia.
Silva began his career in England at Hull City and did well despite being unable to prevent them from being relegated in 2017. He then joined Watford but was dismissed midway through the campaign after an approach from Everton with Watford citing an “unwarranted approach” for him as a “catalyst” for the sacking.
Silva had guided Everton to eighth in his first season in charge but lost his job after being beaten 5-2 by Liverpool.
Fulham were relegated at the end of the season after finishing 18th after returning to the Premier League under Parker who has succeeded Jonathan Woodgate at Bournemouth.
Stuart Gray, who had been a senior head coach of the Fulham first team under Slavisa Jokanovic, returning for a second time in early 2019 to assist Parker, has been taking training at Motspur Park, with the squad arriving for the first day of pre-season on Monday. Fulham said first team coach Matt Wells and goalkeeping coach Rob Burch were among a number of backroom staff who also left the club alongside Parker.