STE’S PHELAN NO.2 ROLE WITH OLD PAL
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.