Almost three months since Steve Bruce resigned as Hull City manager, interim boss Mike Phelan has finally been rewarded with the role on a permanent basis after a satisfying start to the new season.
"A while in coming"
Bruce left after a turbulent summer that included a mounting injury crisis and no new signings as Tigers' fans feared the worst for their promoted club.
Yet Phelan stayed behind after a spell as Bruce's assistant manager and has gained seven points from seven matches, whilst also boosting the playing staff with a handful of Deadline Day signings.
Phelan had expected to be named the new manager in September after being "offered" the role by the Allam family, though no public announcement was forthcoming.
He admitted that the news had been "a while in coming" but explained: "I’m happy with the position I am now in and looking forward to the challenge ahead. It has taken time but things have to be done correctly with these matters.
"What is important now is that we move forward and help this squad of players be successful for this football club."
Phelan in, Clemence out
The position is Phelan's first as a permanent manager, after plying his trade as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United, before being employed by Bruce at the KCOM stadium.
The August Manager of the Month suggested that "it’s exciting to step over that threshold into management" and added: "I’m looking forward to working with this group of players that has done so well so far."
However the 53-year old will have to face the challenge without Stephen Clemence who has been assisting him in recent months. The former midfielder has joined Steve Bruce at Aston Villa following four successful seasons with Hull.
A club statement explained: "Everyone at the Club would like to thank Stephen for his fine contribution during his four years on the coaching staff and wish him the very best in the future".