Phil Brown SackedBy: Matt | March 16th, 2010
In what was certainly a sad inevitability, Phil Brown was sacked by Hull City on Monday.
The statement from chairman Adam Pearson, in full:
Hull City AFC confirms that Phil Brown has been relieved of his managerial duties at the club and has been placed on gardening leave with immediate effect. Brian Horton and Steve Parkin will take charge of first-team duties until further notice.
We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Phil for the major success achieved during a period of four seasons in charge at the club and wish him every success for the future. Promotion to the Premier League in 2008 and retention of our status on the last day of the 2009 season are unique events in the history of Hull City AFC and both were achieved under Phil’s stewardship during a period which will never be forgotten by all connected with the club.
However, retention of Premier League status is paramount and the board believes that a change in managerial direction is the correct option at this time. The club will keep supporters completely up-to-date in respect of any managerial appointment but, in the meantime, Brian Horton and Steve Parkin will prepare the team for our important game at Portsmouth next Saturday.
Chairman, Hull City AFC
There isn’t too much to say, with relegation looming close on the horizon, Pearson thought a change was needed. You can’t sack the players, so Brown had to go. Agree or disagree, that is the way things are in this day and age.
From my point of view, Phil Brown led our club to promotion to the highest level of club football on the planet, and helped retain our status on the final day of last season. His place in the history of Hull City is firmly cemented, and will be fondly recalled.
Now the club most focus on what has become the biggest match in its history (every match of the remaining nine will take that mantle), against Portsmouth on Saturday.