Report: Mike Phelan in contention to be Steve Bruce's assistant at Hull City

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Former Manchester United assistant Phelan has recently left Norwich City while Steve Bruce is looking to appoint a new number two before their next game against Newcastle United.

Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan could end up being reunited with his former teammate from his days at Old Trafford, and at Norwich City, by becoming Steve Bruce's number two at Hull City.

It emerged over the weekend that Bruce was on the lookout of a new assistant manager as the Tigers look to fight off the threat of relegation. They are currently a point adrift in the relegation zone. 

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Phelan wasn't initially on the list, but his contract was terminated by Norwich City by mutual consent after only two months at Carrow Road as a first team coach, with Jim Neil recently replacing Neil Adams as manager of the Canaries.

Now the opportunity has opened up for Bruce to bring in Phelan should he wish to do so. The Hull boss lost his assistant manager Steve Agnew, who swapped Humberside for Teeside as he moved to Middlesbrough.

The report says that one candidate has already been interviewed, with more to come 'in the coming days'. Though Bruce could do with some help and fresh ideas in order for the side to get their season on track and move clear of the relegation zone, it is important for the club to take the time to find the right man for the job. 

If Phelan were to be appointed, it could be a wise move. It is someone that Bruce knows and the experience he has of working under the best managers in Sir Alex Ferguson in the past could be invaluable. Though the experience he had at Norwich City doesn't appear to be the best one, though there are things for him to learn. 

An assistant manager is likely to be announced before they face Newcastle United on January 31.

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