Phelan set to be named

Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan hopes to be confirmed as Steve Bruce’s permanent successor “sooner rather than later”.

Hull: Phelan set to be namedHull: Phelan set to be named

Phelan won August’s manager-of-the-month award following an electric start to the season and, despite the club still being in takeover talks, was offered the job on a full-time basis in the build-up to Saturday’s clash with Arsenal.

Phelan did not look at the details in order to focus on a match Hull lost 4-1, so spent Sunday looking at the deal and discussing it with his family ahead of meeting vice-chairman Ehab Allam today.

Asked if it was now a matter of when rather than if he takes charge, he said: “Well, I hope so. We have got stage where there is an offer and it’s just a case of making sure everything is correct and then we can get on with it.

“We can improve. We have shown that we’ve got huge determination, we’ve got a great group of players that seem to have pulled together really well.

“The new players have settled in very, very quickly. I think if you ask every one of them, to a man they would say they’re surprised with how quickly they’ve settled in.

“We need to use the squad now. We’ve gone a few games now with the same team. I thought that was important to do that, simply because of what we’ve done so far.

“Now obviously we have some massive games coming up, and a cup game in-between, so we need to use the squad.”

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