Is Mike Phelan the right man for Hull City?

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan

A coaching career that has lasted over 20 years, but is the time right for Mike Phelan to take reins at Premier League Hull City?

You would expect a club newly promoted to the Premier League to be organised, ready, full of optimism and looking forward to the season ahead, but the shenanigans at Hull City this summer have meant that fans are awaiting kick-off with some trepidation.

Steve Bruce departure has allowed Mike Phelan to take the manager's role over temporarily, but should the overwhelming bookies' favourite for the full-time role be considered on a permanent basis?

Phelan has been assistant at Norwich City, Blackpool, Stockport, and Hull, and spent 12 years under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson in two stints at Manchester United. 

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan
It's fair to say Phelan has done his years as an understudy, so why shouldn't he be given the job? Of course, you would ideally want a man with a track record of managing a side but, given his experience - especially working under Sir Alex in arguably Manchester United's most successful period - he will is probably be less of a gamble than some other arguably more experienced coaches who are thought to be in the frame.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) and assistant manager Mike Phelan

Having worked with star players likes of Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and with experience in the Premier League,  Phelan will relish the challenge he faces at Hull City.

Speaking on Sky Sports News earlier this week, Gary Neville, who played under Phelan at Manchester United, said: 

"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 its perfect timing for him to go on his own, he's always wanted to do it.

Is it a case of 'the better the devil you know' at Hull City ?

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (L), Fitness Coach Tony Strudwick (C) and Assistant Manager Mike Phelan during trainingManchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (L), Fitness Coach Tony Strudwick (C) and Assistant Manager Mike Phelan during training

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