Hull City: Phelan linked with reunion with Bruce at KC Stadium

Steve Bruce (right), then at Sunderland, chats with ex-Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan in a game at Old Trafford in December 2010
Steve Bruce (right), then at Sunderland, chats with ex-Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan in a game at Old Trafford in December 2010
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FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED assistant-boss Mike Phelan is being linked with a reunion with ex-Red Devils team-mate Steve Bruce at Hull City.

Tigers chief Bruce is seeking to appoint a new number two in the next week as he seeks to plug the gap following the departure of Steve Agnew to Middlesbrough last month.

Hull are hoping to appoint an assistant by the time they return to top-flight action against Newcastle United on Saturday week, with the club’s staff and players jetting off to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp tomorrow.

Moves will continue behind the scenes regarding a new assistant-manager with Phelan available after parting company with Norwich City.

Bruce is understood to have held talks with one candidate over the weekend.

Phelan, 52, left the Canaries after serving two months as assistant-manager to Neil Adams.

But following Adams’ exit and the arrival of Alex Neil as manager, Phelan has left Norfolk.

Phelan played alongside Bruce at both Carrow Road and Old Trafford from the mid-eighties through to the early nineties

The 52-year-old left Norwich after two months in the role of assistant manager and just 12 days on from Alex Neil’s surprising appointment as boss.