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Monday 18 December 2017

Jewell in frame as Tigers say time still on their side

Adam Pearson is adamant Hull's new manager will have time to make an impact as the club bid to stave off relegation from the Premier League.

The Tigers axed boss Phil Brown yesterday after a losing run which was extended to four games by Saturday's stoppage-time loss to Arsenal.

They lie one place off the bottom of the table and three points shy of safety. But Hull chairman Pearson said: "There are nine games to go and 27 points to play with, so there is time to turn it around.

"They are not any old fixtures. There are a number of big games in there which we feel are winnable and where we can pick up points." Pearson hopes to have a manager in place for this weekend's clash with bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth and has drawn up a five-man shortlist to replace 50-year-old Brown -- though he confirmed that Alan Curbishley, the early favourite, is not among the quintet.

Gary Megson, Paul Jewell and Steve Coppell also feature high in the betting along with Brown's assistant Brian Horton, who has joined fellow coach Steve Parkin in caretaker charge.

Pearson said: "We're probably looking at a deal to the end of the season. We're looking for experience, presence, someone who can create an impact. "We're not giving him fixtures that are impossible." Ex-Wigan boss Jewell, who worked under Pearson at Derby, can see the appeal of the short-term assignment.

He said: "I've worked with Adam Pearson, he's a terrific chairman and he won't have taken this decision lightly. I've not spoken to him (since), I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and there was no indication he was going to change Phil Brown. I think it is (an attractive job) because it's a bit of a no-lose situation.

"If the remit is 'keep us up' and they do, everyone is happy. If they go in there and they go down, no-one will blame the manager that goes in there so it's a really good job for someone."

Brown was the most successful manager in Hull's history, having led them to the top flight for the first time in 2008 and kept them there last year.

Pearson acknowledged his achievements with the club were "unique" but added: "The bottom line is (Arsenal) was the fourth straight defeat and the performance at Everton (in the previous week's 5-1 defeat) was abject."

In a statement, Brown said: "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 Premier League for a third consecutive season.

"Although I am extremely sad to be leaving Hull City, I am very proud of my achievements."

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