Mike Phelan and Raheem Sterling have received the Premier League manager and player of the month awards for August respectively.
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Phelan was appointed caretaker boss at Hull City in July after Steve Bruce decided to resign from his post due to a fall out with vice chairman Ehab Allam.
Despite having only thirteen players to work with, the 53-year-old has overseen a stunning start to the season. The Tigers have won two of their opening three games, and might have remained unbeaten in the Premier League had it not been for Marcus Rashford’s last gasp winner in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United before the International break.
However, even though his appointment has coincided with a stunning upturn of form at the KCOM stadium, Phelan has still not been appointed as full time boss. Many fans and pundits have called for the Hull City board to give him a deal, and Phelan himself has talked about wanting the job on a full time basis, but there has been no news of an offer as yet.
He has now made it harder for the board to say no to giving him the job, after having won the Premier League manager of the month award, pipping the likes of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola to the gong, despite them having a hundred percent record so far in the league, with three wins from their first three games.
“It’s an honour you don’t expect, being caretaker manager,” said Phelan. “It’s a credit to the football club and to the players for all their endeavours that have given me this achievement.”
Alongside Phelan, Raheem Sterling picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award.
Sterling had come in for heavy criticism since signing for Manchester City from Liverpool, as he suffered a massive dip in form. Many cited a lack of confidence in the youngster, and even went as far as changing his nickname to ‘the hated one’ on social media.
He still made it into Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016, but had a tournament to forget, as the Three Lions went crashing out to Iceland in the last 16.
However, the appointment of Pep Guardiola has seen Sterling get back to his best in recent weeks. The Spaniard is said to have called the youngster after he was appointed, and assured him that he had a major role to play at the Etihad this season.
Sterling has repaid the manager’s faith with some terrific performances, and even scored twice against West Ham last month – the same amount he managed in his last 25 Premier League appearances.
Middlesbrough forward Christhian Stuani won the Premier League goal of the month award for his 25-yard strike against Sunderland.