Hull City confirmed on Thursday that interim manager Mike Phelan has been given the job permanently. His contract runs until the end of the season.
Phelan, 54, jumped in when Steve Bruce decided to leave the club just three weeks before the start of the Premier League season due to a lack of signings. The Tigers sit in 15ht place with seven points in seven games, and Phelan revealed that there’s a sense of relief now that he knows that he has the job until at least the end of the season.
“It is a relief because when you have got something hanging there by a thread sometimes – and when you think it’s been done and when it’s not done – it is a relief to actually sign on the dotted line,” Phelan told Sky Sports.
“I would be a liar to say that I didn’t have my doubts. It just kept swinging to and fro all the time and it was just, really from my point of view, making sure that all the conditions were in place that could help me push this football club forward, and I feel as though I have got those now.
“It helps within the football club because now it shows that there is somebody at the helm, somebody who wants to get stuck into this job and the players understand who is in charge.”
Hull takes on Bournemouth at the Vitaly Stadium on Saturday.