Born: Lisbon, Portugal, 12 July 1977

Position: Full back

Managerial career: 1 July 2021-to present

Games managed: 66

Games won: 34

Games drawn: 14

Games lost: 18

Win percentage: 51.52%

Honours: EFL Championship winner (2021-22).

Marco Silva admitted to taking a gamble when he decided to succeed Scott Parker at Craven Cottage in July 2021 – and how it has paid off. The Portuguese head coach felt he had unfinished business in the Premier League, but opted to prove his pedigree the hard way by winning promotion back to the top flight with a relegated Fulham side. Silva took off the shackles imposed by Parker and the impact was immediate. His side surged to the Championship title in a style not seen since Jean Tigana’s team won Division One at the turn of millennium and the Whites have continued to surprise with their bold football in the top flight. Silva, a proven winner, now has his critics quietly penning praise.