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Neville backs Phelan for Hull job

Former Manchester United right back says that Mike Phelan is the right man for the job at Hull City, as the former United assistant seems set to take over the Tigers on a permanent basis.

Phelan, 53, was named the assistant manager to Steve Bruce back in February 2015, but after Bruce’s departure last month, he’s been the caretaker manager. Reports in the Telegraph say that Phelan is expected to be handed the job on a permanent basis after the club failed to land Wales national team manager Chris Coleman.

Neville, who worked with Phelan at Manchester United, is backing Phelan for the job.

“He’s wanted to take that top job [at Hull],” Neville told Sky Sports.

“This is a good opportunity for him. He knows the players well so he’s not going into a job that he has to get used to them. He knows them and that’s a massive positive for him and I wish him all the very best.

“He’s got a lot of experience working at Manchester United and he’s a number two so it’s perfect timing for him to go on his own, he’s always wanted to do it.

“He knows the players, he knows the club very well so I think that’s a big head-start.”

Phelan spent 14 years in Manchester in various roles before leaving to be a first-team coach with Norwich City. He had a brief spell as caretaker manager for the club in 2014.

Hull kicks off the season on Saturday against champions Leicester City at the KC Stadium.

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