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Brown Opts for Preston

Former Hull manager, Phil Brown has landed the Preston North End job according to Sky Sports following the recent sacking of Darren Ferguson. Ferguson was sacked just two hours after it was announced that Brian Laws would also be on his way out of Turf Moor.

The 51-year-old was also linked with the vacant Championship positions at Burnley and Crystal Palace. He was the early favourite to become Burnley manager even before Brian Laws was sacked. Brian Horton is expected to become his assistant manager at Deepdale.

Preston have certainly been quick off the mark to get the man they want and it could lead to criticism from some Clarets fans that with so many managerial vacancies at the moment we could be dragging our heels too much and need to get a move on before our targets are snapped up.

It is not of course clear if Phil Brown was ever on Kilby's shortlist but that's one down if he was. It would suggest he wasn't since surely no manager in their right mind would take on a club rooted firmly at the bottom of the Championship with the option instead of coming to a club with a good chance of reaching the play-offs.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 6 2011

Time: 1:29PM

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Little bit gob-smacked about this one! Did the Clarets simply say no or was he never on the shortlist in the first place?
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06/01/2011 13:49:00

It wouldnt surprise me if he was never on the list. He hardly won a game in his last 18th months with Hull after all. Or if Kilby had talks with him before Laws sacking perhaps he didnt impress. As you say he wouldnt go to Preston by choice ahead of Burnley. PS stop fretting-we will get a good one!
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06/01/2011 13:58:00

Howe to Palace. Brown to Preston. No-one likes us. We don't care.
Couch Potato
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06/01/2011 14:00:00

Bet we finish up with some cheap,unproven manager from the lower leagues. This club have to make a statement in my opinion and get a big name with PROVEN ability to get a club promoted to the Premier and then keep them up. The options are running out.
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06/01/2011 14:04:00

Lambert now odds on favourite at 1/3 then comes Mackay at evens followed by Steve Clarke at 8/1, blimey I feel like John McCririck ;-)
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06/01/2011 14:28:00

But they're both employed John, er I mean 8c8. We're not going for a manager who's currently employed surely? :-)
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06/01/2011 14:49:00

Tmp don't think Kilby will go down that road again (cheap option) i'd be happy with either Lambert or Mackay, never fancied Brown anyway, CP nobody likes us anyway.
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06/01/2011 14:49:00

None of them fill me with much hope to be honest. Not one has any experience of leading a club in the Premier League let alone getting one promoted. Why would Lambert want to come here with Narch 3rd? Just don't make sense! Watford chairman too digging in his heels over MacKay
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06/01/2011 14:51:00

According to LT-'Burnley opted not to pursue an interest in the former Hull boss. ' Relieved about that at least although would have much preferred Brown to any up and coming,unproven manager
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06/01/2011 14:58:00

TMP - have you ever considered we (the supporters) just might be part of the problem. BK: "well Brendan after the fans turning on this manager it's vital we get someone the fans will like. BF: "How about we leak a couple of names and canvass opinion on the supporter messageboards." "Good idea, shall we start with the safe option Phil Brown, I'm pals with him, he wants the job, he has experience of guiding an unfancied team to promotion and we considered him for the job when we gave it to SC. The only drawback I can think of is that - like Brian - he perhaps likes the limelight to much." 278 vitriolic posts later BF: "Looks like the orange one is doomed, only five people out of 200 gave him good feedback. A bad start and they'll be calling for our heads."
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06/01/2011 15:41:00

So on the flip side then they better get their wallets out and tempt Big Sam to come since everybody would accept him?
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06/01/2011 15:48:00

Burnley wallets biggish these days. Qatari wallets bigger. But, taking up Cuban's point, if the Burnley wallets are big enough to give the entire Claret fanbase a weekly Prozac top-up, maybe that would give whoever the new gaffer is some breathing space? To be serious, I'm not convinced that everyone would stay moan-free if Big Sam were appointed. While there's clearly a vociferous and articulate group backing his appointment, when I was at Reading, I heard criticisms of his style of play, and speculation that the minute it started going wrong, the disappointment would be as big as... well, Big Sam! What the mob creates, the mob will destroy!
Couch Potato
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06/01/2011 16:25:00

Every club has it's 'mob' of fans, the trick is for the Board to undertstand what the majority feel and be prepared to go the extra mile to give ourselves the best chance! They singularly failed to do that with the appointment of Laws and I hope the tight wads don't make the same mistake again
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06/01/2011 16:35:00

Have to say some of the post v funny today gang !!! Come on let's have a new pole going, who the hell do we want ? and who the hell is Steve Clarke ...... they wouldn't .... would they ?? Have to say I have now concluded the the chairman and his fellow directors really do need a lesson or ten in PR... I fully appreciate the sensitive nature of talking to people behind closed doors, and whole hearty support that! HOWEVER at the cost of looking incompetent? is it worth it ....... it better be a cracker cos I'm getting a really bad feeling about BK and BF ... are the words ya dont know what ya doing a bit harsh ??
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06/01/2011 17:10:00

Hc your welcome to start a thread on anything you want Burnley wise in the forums section of Vital Burnley just click on the forums at the top.
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06/01/2011 17:46:00

Is TMP seriously suggesting that managerial appointments should be by the quivalent of a majority fan vote? Isn't a large part of leadership having the ability to sway popular opinion rather than be led by it?
Couch Potato
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07/01/2011 10:00:00

Surprised but pleased never fancied him as our manager.
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07/01/2011 11:39:00


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