Hull’s Mike Phelan has been named the Premier League’s manager of the month for August. Phelan, remains the club’s caretaker boss after taking over from Steve Bruce who resigned in July, guided his squad to victory over Leicester City, the champions, on the opening day of the season and a 2-0 win away to Swansea City in their second game.
Hull then came within a few minutes of holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at the KCOM Stadium before Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time winner for the Red Devils.
“I am honoured,” Phelan said. “It’s an honour you don’t expect, being caretaker manager. It’s a credit to the football club and to the players for all their endeavours that have given me this achievement.
“It’s been a turbulent summer. We had a small amount of players available to us but, to all intents and purposes, they stuck to their task really well and it has got us off to a decent start.
“The players needed some support; we have that now, to some degree. I think that the quality of the players brought into this football will lift the standard and we are hoping we can have a successful season.”
The votes of a panel of experts and the public were combined to mean that Phelan beat a shortlist of Antonio Conte (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Jose Mourinho (Manchester United).
While it is Phelan’s first such award, it is only the second time Hull’s manager has claimed it. Phil Brown was named manager of the month for September 2008.