Brown pledges King support
Hull boss Phil Brown has pledged his backing for Marlon King despite the striker's recent bad publicity.
Last Updated: 12/12/08 2:15pm
Hull City boss Phil Brown has pledged his backing for Marlon King despite the striker's recent bad publicity.
King was arrested and bailed by police this week after being accused of assaulting a woman in a London bar.
The 28-year-old, who is on a season-long loan spell from Wigan, has been in good form of late - netting in the Tigers' last two games against Stoke and Middlesbrough.
Despite recent incidents, Brown insists he will keep faith in his troubled striker when his side travel to Anfield to play leaders Liverpool on Saturday.
Putting King's personal circumstances aside, the Tigers boss said: "He has had a problem last weekend which is under police enquiry and it would be wrong for us to talk about it.
"But where Marlon is concerned, he has trained all week and has come in, in good spirits.
"As long as that continues he will continue to play the football that he is playing."
City are sixth going into Saturday's match and have been at the forefront of the media spotlight during their unexpected prolific run in the top flight.
Brown, though, accepts that with fame and success comes increasing media pressure, saying: "It is a million miles an hour and a great platform to play on, and that brings its problems.
"But where the players are concerned at this football club, their feet are still on the ground and we are going to go to Liverpool with that kind of mentality and attitude to hopefully get something from the game."
Asked about King's future with the club, Brown added: "Marlon is on a year-long loan. That could be made more permanent in January but I think that would be a foolish move from our point of view.
"He is pulling up trees at the moment because of the fact he is on a year-long loan.
"Hopefully, come the end of the season, we can secure him on a permanent move, depending on the amount of goals and how well he has played for us."