Ole: Why I wanted Mike as my assistant
The manager has explained the exact reasons why Mike Phelan is now his permanent assistant at United...
Pleased that Phelan is now permanent “I think he's fantastic at his job as assistant manager, so I'm very pleased they've finally agreed. When Ed rang me that was my first port of call to assist me and we're here now for a few years together.” Why I wanted Phelan as assistant “I've been a player under him and his knowledge, experience, his demeanour, everyone in the club enjoys speaking to him, talking to him, discussing football with him. He walks around Carrington and players really respect him. They know what he can do and he's worked with the best and for me I'm a young manager, I still feel I'm young anyway, and Mick's got more experience in a few areas than I have.” Mike is a Man United man “Of course that plays a big part in it, that's the same with when I brought Mark Dempsey with me. He's a Man United man, Michael Carrick's a Man United man, we all care about the club and it's never going to be about anything else but the club. It's not going to be about me or Mick. It's going to be about getting this club to where we feel it belongs.”