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.