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Phil Brown and Hull City agree compensation deal

Phil Brown
Brown had refused to rule out a return as Hull manager next season

Hull City have reached a compensation deal with Phil Brown that confirms the former manager's exit from the club.

Despite being put on gardening leave in March, Brown was officially still the manager as no settlement agreement had been agreed between the two parties.

Iain Dowie was hired to replace Brown but failed to help the Tigers avoid relegation from the Premier League.

A statement read: "The club confirms Phil Brown's contract has now ended with immediate effect."

Brown was reportedly owed £1.4m from the financially stricken club although neither party has revealed the amount of compensation paid to the 51-year-old.

The club statement continued: "We thank Phil for his significant contribution during his time as manager and we wish him well for the future.

"The club greatly appreciates Phil's co-operation, patience and understanding throughout the conciliation process."

"I am very sad to be leaving Hull City," Brown said.

"My three and a half years at the club were a fantastic experience for me and I am extremely proud of the club's achievements during that time.


"I would like to thank the players, my coaching staff and, of course, the fans for their magnificent support and commitment during my time as manager and I wish them well for the future.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the League Managers' Association and its advisors for their excellent support over recent months."

The deal means Brown, who had refused to rule out a return to the KC Stadium, is now able to seek employment elsewhere.

Brown took over as Hull caretaker manager in December 2006 with the Tigers 22nd in the Championship and was promptly offered the job on a full-time basis after inspiring a revival.

Hull won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history the following season after beating Bristol City in the play-off final.

The Tigers just managed to survive relegation in their debut season in the English top division but with the side languishing in the relegation zone the following March, Brown was put on gardening leave.

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