Brown back at Tigers helm

29 October 2009 09:57
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Hull City manager Phil Brown was back at the club's training ground on Thursday following a period of turmoil for the Tigers.

Brown was working with his players ahead of a taking a media conference after the club were forced to issue a statement denying he had been sacked.

However there is continued speculation regarding the position of chairman Paul Duffen.

That speculation intensified following former City chief Adam Pearson's departure from Derby County with many tipping him for a return to Hull where he enjoyed success before leaving for Pride Park two years ago.

Duffen has been Brown's closest ally at the KC Stadium but the Hull Daily Mail reports he is expected to see his exit from the KC Stadium confirmed on Thursday.

The Mail also reports Brown has held talks with owner Russell Bartlett and has been told he will remain in charge for the Tigers' Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday.

However the club were forced to issue a statement regarding Brown's situation which read: "Contrary to media speculation the club can confirm that Phil Brown has not been sacked and remains the manager of Hull City Football Club."

The statement will quell short-term uncertainty but with doubt over the future ownership of the club, Brown's position will come under scrutiny in the coming weeks as the Tigers face a run of crunch games.

Major shareholder Bartlett is understood to have grown increasingly anxious over City's poor run of form alongside their worsening financial position prompting the action over Duffen.

There has been no word from the club or Pearson regarding a return to the KC Stadium but should he come back he will have a tough job on his hands.

Any move is likely to be warmly received by Tigers fans who fondly remember Pearson's spell at the club during which City were promoted twice as he steered them from the brink of administration to a step away from the Premier League.

Source: SKY_Sports