Phelan frustrated by Hull contract stalemate


Phelan has been in charge of the Tigers on a temporary basis since Steve Bruce ...
Phelan has been in charge of the Tigers on a temporary basis since Steve Bruce resigned during the pre-season. —PHOTO/Reuters

Hull interim manager Mike Phelan admits he is growing frustrated that the terms of his contract with the Premier League club keep changing.

Phelan has been in charge of the Tigers on a temporary basis since Steve Bruce resigned during the pre-season, but he is no closer to learning if he will get the job on a permanent basis.

With Hull preparing to host Chelsea on Saturday, Phelan confirmed he was offered the full-time job last week.

But Hull are still in protracted takeover talks with several separate consortiums as they look to sell the club and the delay is affecting Phelan’s negotiations as a new owner would possibly want a different manager.

“At one point last week I thought I had a deal done,” Phelan said on Friday. “I mentioned that to you, that it was near enough done and over the line and now it has changed a little bit. So I have to consider the changes.

“My side of things are we’re still talking and we’ll continue to talk until we can resolve the situation. It’s as simple as that.

“What needs to be resolved is the terms of the deal. It keeps changing.

“One minute I think I’ve got something and the club are happy with it and the next minute it changes.

“So it’s just a case of thinking about all these new changes that are on the table and making a decision.”

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