Phelan in pole for Tigers job

9 Aug

Mike Phelan looks certain to be in charge when Hull take on Leicester City and could even land the job on a permanent basis.


Hull: Phelan in pole for Tigers jobHull: Phelan in pole for Tigers job

Phelan worked as number two to Steve Bruce, who resigned last month after four years at the helm, and has been overseeing the side for the past fortnight.

Hull were eager to bring Wales manager Chris Coleman to the KCOM Stadium and believed he was interested in the vacancy, but the Football Association of Wales rejected their approach last week and there have been no developments.

Roberto Martinez was also a target prior to taking over Belgium, and former West Ham and Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has been interviewed.

But it increasingly seems as though Phelan, who is eager to try his hand as a number one, will be given the chance to prove his credentials.


“As it stands at the moment, I possibly might be in charge against Leicester but you never know what a day can bring in football,” Phelan told the Hull Daily Mail.

“I’ve had no communication. I’m just thinking out loud really. I’m contracted to this football club and I’ve done what has been asked of me and I’m sure there’ll have to be some sort of discussion going into the week.

“There’s nothing different on my position. It’s just a case of doing my job and that’s all I can do until other people tell us what the next move is.

“I wouldn’t say this has been my worst pre-season because you always take something from it, but it’s certainly been a disruptive one.

“But for me it’s been reasonably comfortable because I’ve just done my job. I was asked to take the team in pre-season, prepare them, and along with the staff we’ve got left we’ve all conducted ourselves really well. We move forward now and see what the week brings.”

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