Hull City have appointed caretaker manager Mike Phelan as their new head coach. Phelan had been in temporary charge since Steve Bruce’s departure in the summer, with the club currently 15th in the Premier League table. A good start saw the 54-year-old named manager of the month for August. In September, Phelan revealed he was offered the job on a full-time basis but there had since been no contact amid the club’s search for a new owner. “I’m very relieved,” Phelan said on the club website. “It’s been a while in coming.” Phelan added he was “looking forward” to the first full-time management role of his career, saying: “It’s exciting to step over that threshold.” The newly-promoted Tigers surprised many by winning their first two games of the season despite a summer of turmoil and stretched playing resources.
Chelsea have signed a 15-year kit deal with Nike worth £60m a season. Adidas was paying Chelsea £30m a season, but it will be replaced by Nike from next season. In May, Chelsea told Adidas they would be terminating their deal six years early in 2017. The west London club paid Adidas a £40m fee in order to curtail the agreement. Chelsea wanted to leave Adidas because the club were unhappy that they were receiving less than half of the £75m per year that Manchester United were receiving from the German multinational.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has spoken of the time he spent with Pep Guardiola when the two were at Barcelona during their playing days, saying how he taught the then young Spaniard everything he knows. Speaking to the Mirror, Koeman recalled his time with Guardiola and paid tribute to the Manchester City boss’ eagerness to learn and develop in his playing days. The two men will face off as managers this weekend when Koeman’s Everton side travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on the league leaders. The two managers are believed to be good friends, having met at the Nou Camp over 20 years ago and Koeman revealed how their paths had first crossed. He said: “[Then-Barcelona boss Johan] Cruyff had seen this young player in the academy, seen him develop into a decent player in the reserves and he thought the time was there to draft him into the first-team squad. According to Cruyff this boy was very bright, he had a quick brain and he needed a more experienced player to look after him. I told him it was fine (to have him as my new roommate).”
Milovan Rajevac has resigned as coach of Algeria after only two matches in charge of the Desert Foxes. His decision follows a 1-1 draw at home to Cameroon on Sunday in Group B of 2018 World Cup qualifying. The 62-year-old Serb met with the Algeria Football Federation president Mohamed Raouraoua on Tuesday to discuss the result, and his departure was announced shortly afterwards. Rajevac replaced Frenchman Christian Gourcuff, who left the job in April. Algeria’s next 2018 World Cup qualifier is away to Nigeria on 12 November. Only the group winners will qualify for the tournament in Russia.
Tyson Fury has vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to deal with his “medical treatment and recovery”. The Briton, 28, has admitted taking cocaine to deal with depression and looked set to lose his boxing licence. He has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and has twice withdrawn from scheduled rematches. “I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer,” Fury said. “I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active.
Aston Villa have named former Hull City and Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce as their new manager. Former Manchester United captain Bruce, 55, who left Hull in July, succeeds Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked on 3 October, at Villa Park. Bruce, who has lived in the Midlands since first joining Birmingham as a player in 1996, takes over with Villa 19th in the Championship table. His first game in charge is at home to local rivals Wolves on Saturday. Bruce will become the sixth man to pick the Villa team inside the last 12 months. He then has matches against Reading and Fulham before returning to St Andrew’s for the Blues-Villa derby on Sunday, 30 October in only his second away match. “It is one of the big clubs of this country,” said Bruce. “To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific. “I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be – and try to turn around the misfortune we seem to have had over the past few years.” Villa will begin life under Bruce 10 points behind Birmingham, the team occupying the last of the four play-off places in sixth.