The close season is now over four weeks old and Hull City, relegated with Burnley from the Premier League, have finally parted company with manager Phil Brown. Brown was relieved of his duties in mid-March but wasn't dismissed, instead he was placed on gardening leave. Iain Dowie was brought in to try and avoid relegation with nine games remaining but just one win, against a depleted Fulham side, left them next to bottom.With Brown still officially at the club, Dowie was appointed as the Football Management Consultant, and at the end of the season there were suggestions that Dowie could leave with Brown re-instated. Dowie remains at the KC Stadium, although with his future hardly secure, but it is more secure following yesterday's news that Brown has finally been dumped as manager.In a brief statement, the club said: "The club confirms that Phil Brown's contract has ended with immediate effect and that he is no longer the manager of Hull City Football Club."We thank Phil for his significant contribution during his time as manager and we wish him well for the future. The club greatly appreciates Phil's co-operation, patience and understanding throughout the conciliation process."In addition, the club would also like to thank the LMA for their constructive involvement throughout and we are pleased that we have been able to resolve all outstanding issues."