Hull City has confirmed that the Premier League strugglers have parted company with manager Mike Phelan after the 3-1 defeat by Watford on Monday.
City were leading 1-0 against Watford at half-time, but capitulated in the second half, falling to a fifth defeat in seven games.
“The club can announce it has parted company with head coach Mike Phelan,” Hull confirmed via Twitter.
“We would like to thank Mike for his efforts both as assistant manager and head coach over the last two years. The search for a replacement has begun and an announcement will be made in due course.”
Phelan, 54, stepped in as caretaker manager shortly after Steve Bruce left the club in the summer, and became a permanent appointment in October.
Hull won their first two matches under his leadership, first against last year’s champions Leicester City and subsequently against Swansea City, but has been unable to build on that strong start following defeat in their third fixture which had been against Manchester United.
But after picking up just three points from their last nine games firm bottom at the table, Hull is left rock bottom at the Premier League table. A 2-1 victory for fellow strugglers Swansea over Crystal Palace also kept them three points adrift of safety.
Nonetheless, the new manager at Hull will have the benefit of an open transfer window, although it would be not easy bringing players straight into a relegation battle, in addition to their poor run of form – Hull’s last victory had came on 6 November against Southampton.