Report: Why Bruce chose Phelan as his assistant over four other candidates

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Steve Bruce has reportedly chosen Mike Phelan to be his assistant at Hull City.

The Hull Daily Mail has suggested Steve Bruce selected ex-Manchester United assistant boss Mike Phelan as his deputy because of his experience.

The paper claims Bruce was looking at four other names as part of his search for a new assistant, with Phelan reported to have agreed a deal in principle to move to the club.

Phelan accumulated his experience alongside arguably the greatest manager there has ever been in Sir Alex Ferguson.

That’s given him an insight tactically over how to beat big teams and how to handle the egos of big name players.

It’s a safe and sensible selection by Bruce, with Hull battling to pull clear of the relegation places in the Premier League and aiming to climb the table over their remaining games.

If Phelan is confirmed by the club, his first match could be the home game against Newcastle United, who have just announced John Carver as their boss until the end of the season.

It’s important for the Tigers to settle any formalities quickly so the emphasis can shift towards the team and improving results to prevent a drop back down into a very competitive Championship division.

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