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Mike Phelan takes on Hull post on a full-time basis

Mike Phelan has been appointed manager at Hull City, the English Premier League outfit announced on Thursday.

Mike Phelan takes on Hull post on a full-time basis

Phelan to contunue at the KCOM

Mike Phelan has been appointed manager at Hull City, the English Premier League outfit announced on Thursday.

“The Tigers are pleased to confirm the appointment of Mike Phelan as the club's new head coach on a permanent basis” a statement read.

Phelan had been in caretaker role at the club since Steve Bruce’s decision to step down as first team coach during the pre-season.

Best candidate

And under Phelan, who was an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for several years, newly-promoted Hull have taken seven points from their opening seven Premier League games this season. Hull's announcement caps an uncertain few weeks for the 54-year-old, long-considered the most likely full-time replacement for Bruce, while the club's owners are in takeover talks.

“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 said in his first declarations as Hull’s full-time manager. “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”.

Bournemouth trip

Hull, who currently lie 15th in the Premier League table with two wins from seven (against Leicester and Swansea), are away to Bournemouth on Saturday.