Phelan handed permanent Hull deal

Mike Phelan's Hull future has reached a successful conclusion after he was appointed head coach by the Premier League newcomers on a full-time basis.

The 53-year-old has led the Tigers in a caretaker capacity since Steve Bruce resigned as manager on July 22, having guided them back to the top flight via the play-offs last season.

Phelan made a bright start in the role, winning his first two matches of the new league campaign to be named Manager of the Month for August, although his side have subsequently gone five games without a win.

The former Manchester United assistant manager had recently expressed a desire to see his future sorted out one way or the other, and he finally penned a permanent deal at the KCOM Stadium this week.

"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 told the club's official website.

"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."

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