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Preston manager Phil Brown relishing new challenge

Phil Brown
New PNE boss Phil Brown left Hull City in March after three years in charge

New Preston North End boss Phil Brown is well aware of the 'challenge' he has taken on in becoming their new manager.

Brown, 51, who guided Hull City to the Premier League in 2008, has taken over from Darren Ferguson at Deepdale with North End bottom of the Championship.

But Brown told BBC Radio Lancashire: "For me, history plays a big part in any football club and the size of this club is there for anybody to see.

"It's a great challenge and opportunity for somebody like myself," he added.

"I feel I can generate a positive environment.

"I think I can motivate these players into playing 15, 20, 25 per cent better than what they have done. But that's no disrespect to the previous regime.

"But the players are under-performing here and we have to find out why.

"Once we've identified that then we can give them a strategy and a plan for them to be able to do what they're good at."

Brown, whose first league game in charge will be on Saturday against Sven-Goran Eriksson's Leicester City, takes over a North End side four points adrift at the bottom of the Championship. But that is a position not dissimilar to the mess Hull City were in when he took over at the KC Stadium with the Tigers in the relegation zone in December 2006.

I believe in abilities and capabilities of others and I give people chances

Preston manager Phil Brown

"I stopped the first training session at Hull City within 15 minutes," he recalls. "And I said 'What are you doing at the bottom of this division?'

"Some players don't believe in themselves and some don't believe in others.

"But I believe in abilities and capabilities of others.

"I give people chances and, if they take them, then it's down to them and not me."

Brown started his managerial career in 1999 in a caretaker role at Bolton, where he spent his most successful playing days, following the departure of Colin Todd.

The South Shields-born boss, who also played for Hartlepool and Halifax before finishing his playing career at Blackpool, then went on to become Sam Allardyce's assistant at the Reebok Stadium.

Brown spent six years under Allardyce from 1999 before a less than successful first attempt to take sole charge at Derby, where he spent just seven months.

But he returned to the game nine months later as Hull first-team coach in October 2006 before being appointed joint caretaker-manager five weeks later following Phil Parkinson's dismissal.

He was appointed manager the following month, going on to turn them round from a relegation-threatened club to Championship play-off winners in less than 18 months.



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