Brown in Hartlepool talks

Phil Brown has confirmed to Sky Sports that he is in talks with Hartlepool United about taking charge at Victoria Park.

Last Updated: 12/11/12 at 22:26 Post Comment

Phil Brown: In contention for Hartlepool United job

Phil Brown: In contention for Hartlepool United job

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Brown has been out of work for almost 12 months after leaving Preston North End in December last year but reportedly watched Hartlepool's reserves on Monday night with a proposed new backroom staff.

And on Monday morning Brown had admitted he was ready to drop down into League One in order to 'prove himself' again and the chance to link-up with Hartlepool - where he began his footballing career and played over 200 games - holds huge appeal.

"I have spoken to a number of football clubs during my time out since Preston and I have had one or two very good offers, but it doesn't matter where you are in life you have to consider your own situation," he told Sky Sports News Radio.

"What I have looked at in the main is the amount of Championship clubs that become available and I have not really been considered for them so I think the time is right to maybe prove myself again and go back down a division and grab a hold of a challenge, get my hands dirty as a coach or a manager and try and run a football club to the best of my ability to show people I am not scared of a challenge such as a Hartlepool United.

"It is a former club of mine and I have spoken to them on two, maybe three occasions and we will see what this week brings.

"I don't think you can ever be under any illusions when you're a new manager going into a club, invariably you will inherit a problem otherwise there would not be a vacancy and that is the case at Hartlepool United and I am under no illusions and I am not kidding myself or anyone else."

Brown admits that just saving Hartlepool, currently bottom of the table, would be an achievement.

"It is a big ask and it can't be an over-night success, but to survive this year would be a massive challenge but obviously not impossible," he said.

"I am a North East lad, I have left the North East in 1985 and I still have the strong accent as I go up there on a regular basis. I remember the days in 1979 when I began playing and the old memories of derby battles with Darlington and I have great memories of that."

Listen to the full interview from Sky Sports News Radio

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

United plummet below City in rankings

Manchester United have fallen four places behind Manchester City and dropped to 20th overall in UEFA's club coefficient rankings.

Sky Sports awarded La Liga for another three seasons

Sky Sports will remain the home of La Liga for another three seasons thanks to a new broadcast agreement announced today.

Jose won't get involved in Stones pursuit

Jose Mourinho has admitted he would rather the transfer window be closed during the season despite Chelsea's continued pursuit of John Stones.

Mail Box

Chelsea Are Stronger Than Last Season

One Chelsea fan points out that they won the league last year and have improved, so... Plus thoughts on United worries, pre-season predictions, Valdes and Chuba...

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company