Hull in search for new boss after Phelan gets the sack
MIke Phelan has been sacked as Hull City head coach less than three months after securing the role on a permanent basis.
Phelan, 54, was installed as Hull caretaker boss following the departure of Steve Bruce in July and was finally appointed on a full-time basis on October 13.
But with City in the relegation zone, having collected just 13 points from 20 games, the club announced last night that they had "parted company" with Alex Ferguson's former number two (above) at Manchester United.
Hull said they had already begun searching for a replacement, with an announcement to be made "in due course". Monday's 3-1 defeat away to at West Bromwich Albion left Hull in 20th place and without a win in the Premier League since November 6.
Meanwhile, a return to former club West Brom is the latest scenario to be floated as an option for Shane Long, who turns 30 this month and finds himself down the pecking order at Southampton.
Everton is another possible destination for the Tipperary man if Southampton boss Claude Puel opts to sell. That would mean a re-union with Ronald Koeman for Long, who hit double figures for Southampton last season when he thrived under the Dutchman's influence.
Leicester and West Ham are the other options for the Irish international, who joined Southampton for €12m in August 2014 - a surprise development given that he had moved from West Brom to Hull only eight months previously.
Elsewhere, former Ireland U-21 international Samir Carruthers has agreed a switch from MK Dons to fellow League One side Sheffield United.
Carruthers had spells with Arsenal and Aston Villa in his youth before dropping down to MK Dons. He made headlines for the wrong reasons last year when he was pictured urinating into a beer glass at the Cheltenham Festival.
Back at home, Bray Wanderers have continued their recruitment drive by bringing centre-half Derek Foran back to the club for a second spell. Foran was most recently on the books of California-based side Sacramento Republic.
Prior to that, he did the rounds of the League of Ireland with spells at Sligo Rovers, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic on his CV. He has three FAI Cup winner's medals - two from Sligo and one from St Pat's - although he was a sub for all of those games.