Dawson invited to help Phelan at Bournemouth

Dawson invited to help Phelan at Bournemouth

Hull boss Mike Phelan could be joined in the dug-out by skipper Michael Dawson during Saturday's Premier League clash at Bournemouth.

Phelan confirmed he has signed a deal until the end of the season after being appointed as the Tigers' permanent manager/head coach on Thursday and his first task will be to find a replacement for coach Stephen Clemence.

Clemence has left the KCOM Stadium to team back up with new Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce and while Phelan said he will now consider all his options - goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh and academy boss Tony Pennock will assist him at Bournemouth - Dawson has also been invited to join him.

Defender Dawson, 32, has yet to appear for Hull this season after sustaining knee ligament damage in the summer.

"He's going to play for the Under-21s (on Friday night) and then follow us down to Bournemouth and be around the place, be around me, be around the staff," Phelan said.

"He's going to take it all in. It might be a little bit of an experience for him, but I want him there because he's the captain."

Phelan added: "He has his ideas, he's an experienced guy and he's captain of the club and I'd like to give him the opportunity where he can see it at the coal face.

"He understands what it's all about and I think that can get back in the dressing room a little bit and they can understand where I'm coming from.

"He wants to play more than anything, but right now he can do both. This weekend is big for him and he'll see it from both sides."

Phelan said he would consider promoting from within and would focus on the appointment of a new assistant after the Bournemouth game.

"I'll try and get people in if I think they deserve to be here, but there are a couple of good guys, many good guys, here at this football club who deserve an opportunity," he said.

Phelan finally agreed terms with Hull after being first offered a deal last month and said his remit was to keep the club in the top flight.

When asked the length of his contract, Phelan added: "It's quite simple, it's until the end of the season.

"It was something we were too-ing and fro-ing with, but I understand certain situations with the club are still pending, shall we say."

The club's vice-chairman Ehab Allam said ahead of the recent defeat to Manchester United that he hoped a club takeover would be completed in September.

It is understood the Allam family are negotiating with three separate groups, a Chinese/American consortium, former chairman Adam Pearson, who is fronting a Hong Kong-based group and another Chinese consortium, which came close to completing a takeover last month.

Hull have taken seven points from as many league games under Phelan, who will now bid to avoid a fourth straight league defeat.

All 11 of his players on international duty bar Dieumerci Mbokani returned unscathed and Phelan expects the striker to be sidelined for several weeks.