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HULL gaffer Steve Bruce has called in old team-mate Mike Phe­lan in a bid to keep the Tigers up.

Bruce – who played along­side Phe­lan at Norwich and Man United – has ap­pointed the 52-year-old as his new as­sis­tant man­ager.

Phe­lan ended a short stay on the coach­ing staff at Norwich ear­lier this month af­ter the Ca­naries made Alex Neil the man­ager.

And he joins as a re­place­ment for Steve Agnew af­ter he quit to move to Mid­dles­brough as as­sis­tant head coach.

Hull are des­per­ate for a lift af­ter slump­ing into the Premier League drop zone on the back of just three wins since Au­gust.

And Bruce hopes the ex­pe­ri­enced Phe­lan (be­low) will pro­vide it.

The for­mer Eng­land mid­fielder coached at Norwich and Black­pool and then tasted real suc­cess when he re­turned to Old Traf­ford.

Phe­lan rose back through the ranks to fill the role as Alex Fer­gu­son’s No.2 for five tro­phy­laden years from 2008-2013. He will now be op­er­at­ing at the other end of the ta­ble, but Bruce will be hop­ing some of the win­ning for­mula rubs off when Phe­lan starts work in Fe­bru­ary.

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