Mike Phelan appointed permanent manager of Hull City

Mike Phelan has been promoted as the permanent manager of Hull City after working as caretaker manager at the club for three months.

Phelan, 54, stepped up from the role of assistant manager after Steve Bruce resigned on 22 July after disagreements with the Allam family, Hull’s owner, over a lack of player transfers.

“It’s been a while in coming, but I’m happy with the position I am now in and looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he told the club’s official website.

“It has taken time but things have to be done correctly with these matters. What is important now is that we move forward and help this squad of players be successful for this football club.

“It’s exciting to step over that threshold into management, and I’m looking forward to working with this group of players that has done so well so far.

“The support I have received from everyone has been magnificent and I want that to continue because the challenges ahead are huge. The fans have been excellent through the last few months and the players have given me their full backing. I’m looking forward to what is to come now so roll on the next few games.”

Previously Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United, Phelan has impressed all by overcoming a raft of injuries to senior players to collect a respectable seven points from seven Premier League games while also leading the team into the last 16 of the League Cup.

However, the Tigers need to up their next game against Bournemouth given that they have suffered two straight defeats and fell to 15th in the Premier League, or face the threat of relegation.

Prediction:

Bournemouth (2) – (1) Hull City

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