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Hull ready to confirm Mike Phelan as manager but he could lose coaching staff to Aston Villa

  • Mike Phelan has been in caretaker charge of Hull since the summer 
  • Tigers are expected to name him as permanent boss on Thursday 
  • However, three key members of his backroom staff may not stay
  • Steve Bruce is trying to recruit assistant coach Stephen Clemence, goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh and fitness coach Will Royal for Aston Villa 

Mike Phelan is finally set to be confirmed as permanent manager of Hull City – but is expected to lose all of his coaching staff on the same day.

The 54-year-old took temporary charge of the Tigers on July 22 following Steve Bruce’s resignation.

Bruce has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa this week and has made contact with his old club in a bid to take assistant boss Stephen Clemence, goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh and fitness coach Will Royall with him to the West Midlands. 

Phelan has been in caretaker charge since Steve Bruce (centre) left in the summer

Phelan has been in caretaker charge since Steve Bruce (centre) left in the summer

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Bruce was appointed as Aston Villa's new manager on Wednesday evening

Bruce was appointed as Aston Villa’s new manager on Wednesday evening

 

That will leave Phelan with the task of assembling a whole new backroom team.

The former Manchester United No 2 had expected to be installed far sooner after defying the odds to win the first three matches of the season following a turbulent summer of supporter protest and no new signings at the KCOM Stadium. 

Progress has since stalled and Hull have lost four of the last five in the Premier League.

Phelan, however, has remained in talks over taking the job permanently and, with the proposed takeover of Chinese investors having fallen through, the owning Allam family are set to hand him a £1.5million deal until the end of this campaign.

Hull assistant coach Stephen Clemence (left) is a target for Bruce at Villa Park

Hull assistant coach Stephen Clemence (left) is a target for Bruce at Villa Park