Mike Phe­lan ex­cited by deal to be­come Hull City head coach

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Af­ter weeks of spec­u­la­tion over his job sta­tus, Phe­lan's ap­point­ment was fi­nally con­firmed by the club on Thurs­day evening.

The 54-year-old be­came care­taker boss fol­low­ing Steve Bruce's de­par­ture in July and was named Pre­mier League man­ager of the month for Au­gust.

This will be the for­mer Manchester United as­sis­tant's first per­ma­nent man­age­rial job and he said: "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.

"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."

Hull's cur­rent own­ers, the Al­lam fam­ily, have been try­ing to find a buyer for sev­eral months.

Mean­while, Hull have an­nounced that Stephen Cle­mence has left the club af­ter four years to join Bruce's new coach­ing regime at As­ton Villa.

A Hull state­ment read: "Ev­ery­one at the club would like to thank Stephen for his fine con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing his four years on the coach­ing staff and wish him the very best in the fu­ture."

Cle­mence's de­par­ture leaves goal­keep­ing coach Gary Walsh as the only other se­nior mem­ber of the back­room staff to sup­port Phe­lan, as the first team and re­serve coach­ing posts are cur­rently va­cant.

Bruce said of Phe­lan: "He's an ex­pe­ri­enced man, I think he's han­dled the sit­u­a­tion with aplomb, I have to say that.

"I'm ex­tremely grate­ful we took in Stephen Cle­mence, Mick was very in­stru­men­tal and there was no prob­lem in Stephen com­ing here. So I wish him the best of luck, he's fi­nally got the gig and I wish him all the best."

Hull, presently 15th in the stand­ings, are away at Bournemouth on Pre­mier League duty on Satur­day.

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