Hull City sack manager Mike Phelan, with Gary Rowett tipped to take over

Hull City have sacked manager Mike Phelan. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Hull City have sacked manager Mike Phelan. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Hull City have parted company with manager Mike Phelan this evening.

The Tigers have announced that the 54-year-old former Norwich City midfielder and coach, only appointed as boss on a permanent basis in October, had left the club.

Monday's 3-1 loss at West Brom left Hull deep in Premier League relegation trouble, with just 13 points from 20 games.

'The club can announce this evening that it has parted company with head coach Mike Phelan,' Hull announced on their official Twitter page.

Phelan stepped in after previous manager Steve Bruce left the club shortly before the start of the season. Bruce had only months earlier led Hull into the top flight.

The Tigers won their first two league matches of the season, against last year's champions Leicester and Swansea, but have been unable to build on that strong start.

Hull's statement added: 'We would like to thank Mike for his efforts both as assistant manager and head coach over the last two years.

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'The search for a replacement has begun and an announcement will be made in due course.'

Media reports are already suggesting the Tigers have lined up Gary Rowett as Phelan's successor, following his sacking by Birmingham City last month, which was widely criticised with the Blues seventh in the Championship at the time.