Tigers exit leaves Brown feeling sad

Phil Brown has admitted that he is very disappointed to not have the opportunity to guide Hull City away from the relegation zone after being placed on gardening leave by the club.

Brown had spent the last three-and-a-half years in charge of the Tigers, guiding the club to promotion from the Championship in May 2008, but his assistants Brian Horton and Steve Parkin have now been placed in charge of first-team duties.

Hull have won just five of their 29 Premier League games this season and were almost relegated from the top-flight last term following a slump during the second half of the campaign.

However, Brown said in a statement released through the League Managers' Association:"I am obviously very disappointed with the club's decision and the fact that I will now not have the opportunity to secure Hull City's status in the Barclays Premier League for a third consecutive season.

"Although I am extremely sad to be leaving Hull City, I am very proud of my achievements during my time as manager, especially having led the team into the top-flight of football for the first time in the club's 104-year history and ahead of schedule.

"It has been a fantastic experience and I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the players, past and present, and also to my staff. Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their support and wish the club every success in the future."

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