Phelan hopeful of landing Tigers job

Phelan hopeful of landing Tigers job

Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan hopes to be confirmed as Steve Bruce's permanent successor "sooner rather than later".

Phelan won August's manager-of-the-month award following an electric start to the season and, despite the club still being in takeover talks, was offered the job on a full-time basis in the build-up to Saturday's clash with Arsenal.

Phelan did not look at the details in order to focus on a match Hull lost 4-1, so spent Sunday looking at the deal and discussing it with his family ahead of meeting vice-chairman Ehab Allam today.

Asked if it was now a matter of when rather than if he takes charge, he said: "Well, I hope so. We have got stage where there is an offer and it's just a case of making sure everything is correct and then we can get on with it.

"We can improve. We have shown that we've got huge determination, we've got a great group of players that seem to have pulled together really well.

"The new players have settled in very, very quickly. I think if you ask every one of them, to a man they would say they're surprised with how quickly they've settled in.

"We need to use the squad now. We've gone a few games now with the same team. I thought that was important to do that, simply because of what we've done so far.

"Now obviously we have some massive games coming up, and a cup game in-between, so we need to use the squad."