Premier League strugglers Hull City have sacked their manager Mike Phelan, less than three months after being handed the role on a permanent basis at the KCOM Stadium.
The 54-year-old was appointed caretaker manager after Steve Bruce quit as Tigers manager in July and after winning back-to-back games at the start of the season winning the August manager of the month, he was handed the role permanently in October.
However after just one win in their last league games, Hull decided to relieve Phelan of his duties following Monday’s 3-1 defeat at West Brom, which leaves the Tigers three points from safety.
In a brief statement on the club’s website, the club announced that they had “parted company” with manager Phelan and thanked him for his contributions during his time with the club.
“We would like to thank Mike for his efforts both as assistant manager and head coach over the last two years. The search for a replacement has begun and an announcement will be made in due course.”
The 54-year-old spent 14 years with Manchester United having joined the Red Devils in 1999, including serving as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager from 2008 until his retirement in 2013.
He had a brief spell at Norwich before becoming Steve Bruce’s assistant manager with the Tigers in February 2015 and guided them to promotion through the play-offs from the Championship last May.
Phelan took control of Hull following Bruce’s resignation in July and stunned Premier League champions Leicester on the opening day of the season, as the former Man United assistant also won the August manager of the month.
After a bright start to the season, things went downhill for Hull having lost five of their last seven league games with their last win coming against Southampton in early November.
Ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett and former Sporting Lisbon manager Marco Silva are considered to be the front runners to take the reins at the KCOM stadium, according to the bookies.
It was a move I could see coming but I feel sorry for Mike Phelan following his sacking as Hull manager, as I believe the problems with the club is not down to the manager.
Ex-manager Steve Bruce fell out with the club owners due to lack of transfer activity having a very thin squad to work with, which was also hit by injuries.
I think Phelan did well in the job considering the limited resources he had available to him and in a time that they need more new faces, the club sack their manager at the worst possible time.
I don’t know what manager would want this job and I think any gaffer will struggle, because this Hull squad is not strong enough to survive in the Premier League.