Mike Phelan has admitted that he is still waiting to see if he will be installed as the permanent manager of Hull City.
The Tigers’ caretaker boss, who will turn 54 on Saturday, took over the reins in the summer when Steve Bruce resigned despite taking the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt via the Championship play-offs last term.
Phelan has guided Hull to seven points from their opening five games and was subsequently offered a contract by the club last weekend.
However, the former Manchester United assistant boss is still yet to be given the job as the current owners, the Allam family, are unable to give him assurances due to the on-going takeover talks with a Chinese consortium, headed by a brother and sister partnership of Dai Yongge and Dai Xin Li.
The Premier League has launched its owners’ and directors’ test, but that group’s exclusivity period has ended and the club is now in talks with a Chinese/American consortium brought together by businessman Chien Lee.
Lee’s consortium bought an 80 per cent stake in French Ligue 1 club Nice earlier in the summer, while there have also been unsubstantiated reports that a third consortium, fronted by former Hull chairman Adam Pearson, has tabled an offer for the club.
Phelan, who confirmed he last spoke to the Allams on his own position last Sunday, said: “It’s difficult for me to comment because I don’t know the whole issues.
“Takeovers are confusing, there are rumours, there’s all sorts going on and I’m just trying to stay focused on my players.
“The supporters want answers and they will get them in time I’m sure. I want to know what the position is from my point of view, but I’m still sitting here doing the job I was asked to do and it’s up to other people to make those decisions as quick as they can.”