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New Hull chief backs boss Brown

Under pressure Hull boss Phil Brown
Brown says he expects to be Hull boss in the top flight next season

New Hull City chairman Adam Pearson says that manager Phil Brown will be in charge for Sunday's game against Stoke.

But Pearson, back at Hull after a two-year absence, has given no assurances over Brown's long-term future, with the club lying 18th in the Premier League.

"Phil will be manager on Sunday but there's no point me saying he's got a job for life, that's not the case," Pearson told BBC Radio Humberside.

"We need results, quickly, and that puts pressure on everyone at the club."

Following a two-year spell at Championship side Derby County, Pearson resumes work at Hull on Monday after replacing Paul Duffen as chairman .

The Tigers have won only twice in the league this season and are in the relegation zone, two points adrift of safety.

And Pearson concedes that, if Brown does not start to change things, he may find himself under pressure to keep his job.

"How secure is the manager? That's a tricky one, I think if we don't get results then that security goes down," added Pearson.


"Phil knows that. It's the business we're in. It's been a difficult year and we need to achieve results quickly.

"We're all in this together but we'll have to see what happens over the next couple of weeks."

Hull's future was thrown into doubt last week after auditor Deloitte warned that the Tigers could go out of business if they are relegated at the end of the season.

Deloitte said Hull need £23m "to meet current liabilities" and, if they go down, losing the £7m they get from the Premier League would be a major blow.

The luck will change - Brown

Pearson believes the situation at the KC Stadium is not as bad as has been suggested but admits that Hull do need to restructure their finances.

"The wage bill is far too high for the value we've got in there," he stated.

"The club is trading and it's solvent and it can be sorted out but there are too many costs surrounding it which seem to have become a little superfluous.

"What's the phrase? Maybe a little too much champagne, maybe not enough ale!"

Veteran midfielder Nick Barmby certainly believes that Pearson's return as chairman is good news.

"I am delighted to see Adam back," the 35-year-old former England player told BBC Radio Humberside.

"Everyone respects Adam. He started this great trip we're on and hopefully he'll continue the work, which I'm sure he will.

"He set the foundation for the club to move forward and hopefully we can repay him and stay in the Premiership."

Pearson admits tough times face Hull

Barmby is also backing the under-fire Brown to come through his current ordeal at the KC Stadium - and insists any suggestion that the players are not behind the Tigers manager are nonsense.

"I think you saw on Saturday that the players are playing for the manager," he said. "The manager has been good to me and good to the players.

"And we're the ones that go on the pitch and need to get the results."

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