Much has been made of the 39-year-old’s appointment in the media, as he became the Tigers’ third boss since they achieved promotion last season. Steve Bruce resigned a few weeks before the season started, with Mike Phelan lasting less than three months after his role became permanent.
Silva took charge of his first game at the KCOM stadium with a 2-0 win over Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup, to leave them facing Fulham at Craven Cottage in the fourth round.
Mourinho said as reported by the Telegraph: “It’s not easy to come to the Premier League when you are a foreign coach. He knows it is difficult because they are bottom of the league, but it is a big opportunity for him. He is a good young coach. He went to Greece. Nobody knows he was a champion there. Now he comes to the big one.”
“He started from below and wasn’t given a top job immediately. In spite of him being so young, he is experienced. He is mature. I would love him to do well. But it is hard to jump from the bottom of the league.”
Although he wishes his compatriot the best of luck, that will not stop Mourinho from fielding a strong team for the first-leg of the EFL Cup at Old Trafford this evening; with the former Chelsea boss confirming that he is set to start big name duo Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Tigers will definitely be without captain Curtis Davies, while they will have to wait and see if Michael Dawson passes a late fitness test.