Cherries boss - Phelan deserves his due

Cherries boss - Phelan deserves his due

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has praised the work of Hull counterpart Mike Phelan as the managers prepare to lock horns on Saturday.

The Tigers travel south with Phelan now in place as permanent manager, having been the club's caretaker boss since Steve Bruce departed in the summer.

And Howe believes the former Manchester United assistant fully deserves the position after galvanising an under-strength squad during the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign.

"It removes the constant questions," replied Howe, when asked how Phelan's long overdue appointment would affect Hull.

"He's done a very good job – a lot was made of their summer in the press about the lack of new signings, but that has probably helped them in some ways to create a siege mentality.

"They've certainly started the season very well. The most impressive thing he has done is change the way they play – they are a very attractive team to watch.

"We know they are going to pose a threat, but as always we need to focus on our own preparation in the build up to the game."