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Hull City kicked off the season without a manager but have today finally appointed former Claret Micky Phelan who has been acting in a caretaker capacity since Steve Bruce left in July.

Phelan will carry the title of head coach in what is his first managerial post having worked as a coach at Norwich, Blackpool, Stockport, Manchester United and Norwich again before joining Bruce at Hull in their last Premier League season.

There was some speculation that Hull were holding off making a full time appointment because of commitments to Bruce; if so it is interesting that they have moved on with this within 24 hours of Bruce taking the Aston Villa job.

They have given no indication as to the length of the contract but Micky said today: “It’s been a while in coming, but I’m happy with the position I am now in and looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“It has taken time but things have to be done correctly with these matters. What is important now is that we move forward and help this squad of players be successful for this football club.

“It’s exciting to step over that threshold into management, and I’m looking forward to working with this group of players that has done so well so far.

“The support I have received from everyone has been magnificent and I want that to continue because the challenges ahead are huge. The fans have been excellent through the last few months and the players have given me their full backing. I’m looking forward to what is to come now so roll on the next few games.”

I know Micky well from his time at Burnley. I would normally wish him well but I’m sure he’ll understand if I admit to hoping he and his side don’t have the best of seasons. It might just make things that little bit easier for us.

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