Brown's not bitter
Phil Brown told Goals on Sunday he did make mistakes at Hull, but still hopes they can reach the play-offs.
Last Updated: 15/08/10 2:27pm
Phil Brown wishes he was still at Hull City - but admits he made mistakes that led to his dismissal.
The former Tigers boss was axed with eight games of the last Premier League campaign to go and had to watch on from gardening leave as they were relegated to the Championship.
Brown insists he is not at all bitter at the way things turned out, but readily admitted to Goals on Sunday that there are one or two things he would have done differently.
But it was not the infamous half-time talking-to on the pitch at Manchester City, or the £5million signing of the injury-plagued Jimmy Bullard.
Instead Brown wishes he'd taken a gamble and splashed a little more cash.
"Two years ago we survived in the Premier League after we had that tremendous start against all odds," he said.
"Still to this day I don't think the people of Hull realise what an achievement that was, just to keep them in the Premier League for that season.
"Then the season after we had a couple of opportunities to sign established Premier League players; I had a chance with Bobby Zamora just to push the boat out in terms of wages, so maybe I'd do that differently again.
"There are always going to be one or two decisions you get wrong.
"But when someone like Sir Alex Ferguson tells you that he's still working on getting seven out of 10 right 24 years down the line at Manchester United, then it shows you just how hard it is. It's just that I got a couple of the big ones wrong."
Brown was replaced at the Tigers helm by Iain Dowie, but he left at the end of the season before they turned to former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson ahead of life back in the Championship.
They made a winning start last week but came unstuck in their second game at Millwall, although Brown still believes his old side will be in the hunt for an instant return to the top flight.
"They had a great start last week at home to Swansea, when they won 2-0 and I thought this is kick-on time," he said.
"When you've just been relegated from the Premier League, your opening encounter is very important and to have it at home and win 2-0 is great.
"I wouldn't say Millwall are one of the favourites but they are going to be rigid this year. It's never a nice place to go and play - the old Den used to be horrendous - and to come away from there with a four-goal deficit was disappointing.
"I fancy Hull to be in the play-offs. He's made one or two good signings and he's a very good coach Nigel Pearson. There will be one or two there who have still got hangovers from the Premier League but they've got to get rid of that as soon as possible and they should be ok after six to 10 games.
"I'm disappointed not to be there to tell you the truth, but you've got to move on. You haven't got time to be bitter and twisted in football and I honestly wish them all the best. I hope they have a great season."