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Phil Brown: In Profile

25 March 2013

We take a look at the career of new manager Phil Brown

Born on the banks of the Tyne, Phil Brown began his career as a right back for local side Hartlepool United.  Phil spent seven years at Victoria Park, making over 200 appearances before heading to Halifax Town.  

A goalscoring defender, Phil weighed in with 19 goals in 135 games at the Shay in three years.

He moved up a league to the old Division 3 to sign for Bolton Wanderers , winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, then named the Associate Members Cup, in 1989.

At the age of 35 and coming to the latter stages of his playing career, Phil headed up the road from Bolton to play for Blackpool, under West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce. 

Whilst at Bloomfield Road, Brown began his backroom career, becoming Assistant to “Big Sam” without relinquishing his playing duties.

On retiring from playing, Phil returned to Bolton as Colin Todd’s right hand man. 

After Todd left the Reebok Stadium, Phil had his first taste of management as he was placed in temporary charge for six games before Allardyce was appointed, re-uniting the pair.

Phil spent six years as assistant to Allardycea at the Reebok Stadium.

His first big break as a permanent boss came in 2005, at Derby County.  However, things didn’t go well and Brown parted company with the club after just seven months in charge.

Nine months later and Phil was back in football, as First Team Coach at Hull City. Phil Parkinson was fired in December 2006 with the club in 22nd place and Phil took over the reigns, guiding the club to safety and was given the job full time.

In his first full season in charge of the Tigers, Phil led the club to the play-off final against Bristol City. Dean Windass’ goal proved the difference as Hull won 1-0, thus sending City to a place in the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Hull’s first full season began memorably, wins at Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur stood out as Hull rose as high as third. However, the Tigers struggled for the second half of the season but still survived, finishing 17th place.

Hull’s poor form resulted in Brown being placed of gardening leave in March 2010, with Iain Dowie placed in charge. However, the club fell through the relegation trapdoor and back to the Championship, with Brown relieved of his duties a month after the season came to an end.

Brown headed back to Lancashire in January 2011 to take over at Preston North End and although he couldn’t save them from the drop, continued in the job for the following campaign before parting company in December of that year.

After a spell out of management, Phil was announced as Southend United manager on March 25th, 2013.

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