Hull return possible for Brown
Phil Brown has refused to quash speculation he could resume his role as Hull manager at the end of the season. Brown was placed on gardening leave by the club in March with the Tigers battling relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
Iain Dowie was drafted in to preside over the final nine games of the campaign but his arrival failed to spark a recovery, with the former Crystal Palace boss managing just one win in eight prior to today's encounter with Liverpool.
Hull's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed with a 2-2 draw at Wigan last weekend, and it is uncertain who will guide the club next term with Dowie's deal running only until the end of the season. Hull's precarious financial position means Brown is still effectively the club's manager as chairman Adam Pearson has yet to pay off the remainder of his contract.
Brown is set to hold talks with Pearson and club owner Russell Bartlett on Wednesday, at which the 50-year-old hopes his contractual situation will be resolved. Pearson has previously indicated Brown could yet return to his former role, and Brown admitted that outcome remained a remote possibility.
Asked whether he would return to the club if offered the chance, Brown told Sky Sports: "I can't answer that until I've had a conversation with the people that matter. I just want it to be honourable. If it's closure, then give me what I'm due and appreciate what I've done for the club in the last three and a half years.
"I've never heard of it before [a manager returning after being removed] but nothing in football surprises me. Let's see what they've got to say. I've got to make sure that I go into this meeting fresh and the ultimate goal for me is, where does my career go?"
Hull picked up just five points from Dowie's first eight games in charge and Brown revealed that return was well below the targets he had set for the Tigers' run-in.
"With 24 points with nine games to go, I was still looking at 12 points, I was still looking at four wins in the last nine games," Brown said.
"There was probably more than four winnable matches. I'm not going to disrespect Iain Dowie - he's won one against Fulham and drawn two so he's got five points - but I'd earmarked two or three other fixtures that could have accumulated maybe 15 points."
Brown also revealed that he was left disappointed by criticism levelled at him by Tigers midfielder George Boateng following the club's relegation.
Boateng hit out a Brown's management style after the 1-0 loss to Sunderland which effectively ensured they would be playing in the Coca-Cola Championship next season, and pointed to Brown's on-pitch team talk at Eastlands in December 2008 as the moment the manager lost the dressing room.
"It was very disappointing," Brown said of the comments. "I had a good working relationship with George but why he did what he did, you can only ask him that. George has an agenda, what that agenda is I don't know."