Date: 30th December 2010 at 10:21am
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Rumours on Boxing Day ahead of the Barnsley game at Oakwell were rife that the club were looking for a replacement for manager Brian Laws and that former Hull gaffer, Mr ‘Orange Tango Man’ himself, Phil Brown was being lined-up to take over.

In the end we beat Barnsley to secure our first league away win of the season and our first at Oakwell since April 1932.

Brian Laws looked to have survived again but then followed the debacle of the home defeat to Scunthorpe on Christmas Bank Holiday Tuesday this week.

Chants of ‘Laws Out’ on the ground and down Harry Potts Way after the game stirred the Board into action. Brian Laws had no longer been given a stay of exuction and yesterday he was sacked with the club saying they wold make a further statement today.

So have the club been quietly looking for a new manager behind the scenes preparing for the eventual day when Laws would be given his marching orders? We could soon find out.

Many pundits, fans and betting organisations seem to think Phil Brown will get the job.

Phil Brown might not be everybody’s cup of tea but if he does get the job hopefully we will all rally round him and give him a chance. Let’s face it, he knows how to get a club promoted to the top flight and how to keep them there albeit for only a season.

After being caretaker manager at Bolton in 1999 following Colin Todd’s departure, he was assistant to Sam allardyce for six years before taking on the role of manager at Derby County in July 2005. His time at Derby County proved to be unsuccessful and he was sacked just seven months into his tenure in January 2006.

Hull City came to his rescue in October 2006 when he was appointed first team coach under Phil Parkinson. He then took over as joint caretaker manager alongside Colin Murphy in December 2006 after Parkinson’s sacking. The Tigers were staring relegation to League 1 in the face but Brown helped rescue them and was rewarded in January 2007 by becoming their permanent manager.

Brown went on to lead Hull City to Championship safety and the following season Hull City won promotion to the top level of English football for the first time in the club’s 104-year history.

They beat Bristol City at Wembley in the Championship play-off final in May 2008.

Brown was rewarded with a new three-year contract and Hull got off to a storming start in their first season in the top flight. Eventually though they were sussed out and fell steadily down the table with relegation becoming a real possibility. Hull though eventually survived and
finished in 17th place.

The writing was on the wall though and with the club now severly stretched financially 2009-10 would prove to be their downfall. Hull were relegated along with Burnley and Portsmouth but Phil Brown by then was on ‘garden leave’ after leaving the club in March 2010.

Iain Dowie was put in charge but couldn’t keep the club up not helped of course by Burnley thumping them 4-1 at the KC Stadium to get their first and last Premier League away win of the season.

Brown has his contract terminated in June 2010 and has been looking for a job since!

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