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Published: 14:47 | 13/10/16

Phelan commits to Hull

Mike Phelan has agreed to become the permanent manager of Premier League side Hull City.

Phelan took over on an interim basis from Steve Bruce who resigned just before the start of the new season because of what he termed a failure to invest in new players.

Hull began the new season with just 13 fit players but they enjoyed a strong start to the campaign, with Phelan being named Manager of the Month for August.

Despite failing to win a single game in September, the club’s board believe he is the right man to lead the Tigers and the former Manchester United assistant manager has agreed to take over the job on a permanent basis.

"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," Phelan said.

"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."

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