Sunday 18 February 2018

David Meyler: It would be good to have Mike Phelan as next Hull boss

Hull's David Meyler, pictured, wants Mike Phelan to be the club's next permanent manager
Hull's David Meyler, pictured, wants Mike Phelan to be the club's next permanent manager

Midfielder David Meyler wants caretaker manager Mike Phelan to be given the job on a full-time basis as Hull continue to search for clarity upon their return to the Premier League.

The East Yorkshire club defied the odds when they began their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Leicester on the opening day, but off-field dramas still hang heavy over any long-term ambitions.

Despite the shot of confidence victory over the champions brought, Hull have gone another week without adding a player to their threadbare squad, while Phelan's future remains unclear.

Meyler has plenty of experience in the top-flight and knows the situation is far from ideal, and believes Phelan is ready-made to steer them through the uncertainty.

"He's been here two-and-a-half years so he knows all the players, even if there are only 12-13 of us fit," he said.

"It's up to the hierarchy to decide, but my personal opinion is it would be good to have him."

Phelan has spent almost all of his coaching career as an assistant, most significantly as a trusted ally to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, without being given a full-time managerial role.

The 53-year-old has publicly declared he is ready for a full-time role and Meyler is certain Phelan is ready for such an opportunity after his thorough planning helped mastermind victory against Leicester.

"He deserves a lot of credit," he said. "He set us up in a good manner to deal with everything. We tried to crowd them out in midfield and stop them playing and stop them turning us towards our own goal.

"His work all week helped us do that.

"When you're Sir Alex's assistant for long enough I presume you go through everything and he's not taking any short-cuts now."

Meyler said the players were just as prepared for this weekend's trip to Swansea as they look to build on the opening-day win.

"We've watched everything on Swansea," he said.

"We could tell you everything about them - how long they sleep, how many times they go to the toilet every day.

"That's just the type of person he is. He's a winner and he's trying to embed that into us. That showed from last week's performance."

Phelan was able to provide some hope on the transfer front after revealing that offers had been made for players this week.

The club have been linked with forwards Moussa Konate and Nemanja Nikolic, while there is also reported interest in a loan move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez.

"At the moment we've bid for two or three players," Phelan said. "Those bids are out there it's up to those clubs now whether they accept. We're playing a waiting game."

Despite his caretaker status Phelan is having a say in the players Hull are tracking as the club's Allam family owners look to do business despite the prospect of them selling to Chinese investors.

He said: "There has been talk of players between me and the owner and it's just a case now of are they available, what price are they and can we do it?"

Phelan also expects Hull's dealings to go down to transfer deadline day, adding: "It looks that way. Every day that goes by now is another day towards that.

"We've done well to get one result. Anyone who wants to join Hull can see what this group of players can offer - it just needs the additions.

"The days are ticking away and we've had a lot of time to resolve these matters and that hasn't happened.

"This club defintely needs players. That's not changed."

Phelan had just 13 fit players against Leicester, and while Harry Maguire returned to training this week he may not be risked.

The caretaker boss added: "He's been introduced back into the squad but whether he'll be available tomorrow is maybe a push. "Next week onwards he should be okay."

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