Mike Phelan is finally a fully fledged manager following overdue Hull City appointmentby Jack Kitson / 13 October 2016, 14:30
After what has seemed like decades, and in fact has been, Mike Phelan has finally landed his first job in the management arena.
Phelan as been No.2 at half-a-dozen clubs, including a hugely successful spell at Man Utd, and now after a lengthy three-month stint as caretaker manager of Hull City, he’s at long last been appointed as the club’s new permanent manager.
Phelan had been overseeing the Tigers’ first team ever since Steve Bruce - who was appointed Aston Villa manager yesterday - quit 83 days ago following a disagreement over transfer funds.
Despite overwhelming odds Phelan unexpectedly enjoyed a superb start, registering six league points and an EFL Cup win from his opening three games at the helm, which included a stunning 2-1 victory over defending champions Leicester City.
However, Hull have since been on the slide, picking up just one point from their following five top-flight games - losing the last three on the bounce - although they have progressed through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Hull may have hit shaky ground of late, but to be in 15th place following a demanding run of opening fixtures is pretty impressive, especially considering that they started the season with just 13 fit senior players. Phelan has notably refused to panic, with his cool and calm manner making him a popular and respected figure amongst the club’s fans.
Phelan’s first match as permanent manager is away to Bournemouth on Saturday. The 13th-placed Cherries sit one point and two places above Hull in the table, and Eddie Howe’s men head into this weekend’s clash as the 4/5 favourites for the three points. Meanwhile, Hull are priced at 10/3 to grab their first league win since August, whereas a draw can be found at 5/2 (odds courtesy of Sky Bet).
Hull’s Latest Odds:
- Relegation @ 19/20 with Paddy Power
- To Stay Up @ 11/10 with Bet Victor
- Top-10 finish @ 20/1 with Betway
- EFL Cup @ 80/1 with Coral