Why Phelan Should be Given The Hull Job
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on September 4, 2016
Mike Phelan can defy all odds by maintaining Hull City’s Premier League status as long as he is given the permanent job. Hull City announced that Steve Bruce had resigned from his role as Hull City manager on the 22nd of July. After taking charge at the KCOM Stadium at the beginning of the 2012/13 season Bruce went on to lead Hull to two promotions, a first ever FA Cup final and a first ever taste of European football which made him Hull City’s most successful manager to date. After his departure, gloom soon struck Hull City fans with only 13 fit senior players it looked as if a miracle would have to take place in order for Hull City to see success. There was uncertainty over who would succeed Steve Bruce. Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Roberto Martinez, Gianfranco Zola and Chris Coleman were among those linked with the jobs meanwhile Mike Phelan was given the job of the caretaker manager. Now after a successful month, Mike Phelan is still the caretaker manager and his job should be made permanent in my opinion.
Mike Phelan’s Stint so Far
If you were to ask any Hull City fan how many points they were to get from the opening three games, few would say 6 from a possible 9. However after a dream start against the champions Leicester and a fantastic away win at Swansea Hull City are in dreamland. On the eve of the 2016/17 to say Hull City fans were pessimistic for the upcoming season would be a severe understatement. In fact, Hull City were so unprepared for the season that some betting companies were offering a special offer on Hull City to break the record of the lowest amount of points won in a Premier League season. Despite the media seemingly announcing Hull City’s relegation before a ball was even kicked in the 2016/17 season, Mike Phelan trained Hull City’s thin squad hard. The hard work paid off and the aforementioned 6 points from 9 was gained from games against Leicester, Swansea and Manchester United. Despite the fantastic start it was evident that fatigue would kick in and Hull City would need reinforcements. After a signing-less summer Phelan kept his business late after his first signing of 6 was announced just 33 hours before the transfer window slammed shut. Mike Phelan added to Hull City’s thin squad in the form of David Marshall, Ryan Mason, Will Keane, James Weir, Dieumerci Mbokani and Marcus Henriksen. So, in the month or so between Mike Phelan took charge as caretaker manager to the present day Hull City have won 2 of their opening 3 games and made 6 first team additions to the squad. On top of this, Phelan has been nominated for the manager of the month award in September alongside the big named managers such as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte.
Mike Phelan’s Track Record
Long before Mike Phelan became Steve Bruce’s assistant, he already had a reputation and experience in the Premier League. Even before his days in coaching, Mike Phelan played as a right back for clubs such as Burnley, Norwich City, West Brom and famously Manchester United. Despite this, Mike Phelan is much for famous for his coaching, specifically as an assistant manager. Phelan started his assistant managerial career at Norwich City, where he assisted Gary Megson. When Megson was sacked at Carrow Road, Phelan followed him to Blackpool to pursue the same role. When Megson parted ways with Blackpool, Phelan followed him again to Stockport County once again in an assistant manager role. When Megson was sacked again at Stockport County, Phelan also moved on to become the assistant manager to Manchester United’s reserve squad. Over the next 7 seasons Mike Phelan worked his way up the ranks and became Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant in 2008. He won 3 Premier League titles along side Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. When Sir Alex retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, Mike Phelan also left his role at Old Trafford. He became the first team coach at Norwich City and played second fiddle to Neil Adams. When Adams was sacked Phelan was named as caretaker manager however he never took charge of Norwich in any matches before Alex Neil was named as the manager. Phelan left Norwich through mutual consent in January 2015 and just over two weeks later he was named as the assistant manager of Hull City.
So, over the past month Phelan has seemingly done the impossible. Impressively he has made 6 good signings and has had a dream start in the Premier League. Although these achievements are remarkable Phelan has done something far more impressive at Hull City, what you might ask? Phelan has managed to create a positive mood in the camp. It is in many ways evident that their is a strong relationship between each of the players. Whether it be Captain Curtis Davies’ motivational rally in a huddle of players at the end of the victory against Leicester or even the banter on most of the players social media, it is clear the squad is in harmony. It is also clear that the vast majority of Hull City fans are praying for Mike Phelan to be announced as the next Hull City manager and it would be foolish of the club not to.