Megson in frame for Hull as Brown gets chop
Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00
Hull City chairman Adam Pearson expects to name the club's new manager by tomorrow morning --and Gary Megson is the hot favourtie to replace Phil Brown.
Megson has been out of work since he was dismissed by Bolton last December -- coincidentally after a draw with Hull, who recovered from 2-0 down.
Paul Jewell and Steve Coppell have also been linked with the job, while Brown's assistant Brian Horton, himself a former Tigers boss, could be a contender to return to the hot seat. Horton and coach Steve Parkin have been placed in temporary charge of the team "until further notice".
Brown (50) -- the most successful manager in Hull's history, having led them to the top flight for the first time in 2008 and kept them there last year -- was relieved of his duties yesterday morning and placed on 'gardening leave' until the end of the season.
He leaves with the Tigers in 19th place, three points adrift of safety, having having won just five games all season, none of them away from the KC Stadium, and lost on their last four outings.
Pearson, who claimed that replacing the manager with just nine games remaining was in the best interests of the club, has repeatedly warned of the dire financial consequences of relegation.
Meanwhile, Willo Flood is out for the rest of the season. The Dublin-born midfielder, who joined Middlesbrough from Celtic in January, has torn a posterior cruciate ligament.