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Brown hails 'biggest' day

Tigers boss says avoiding drop is his greatest achievement

By Chris Harvey.   Last Updated: 24/05/09 8:20pm

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Sing when you're winning: Phil Brown serenades the KC Stadium crowd after keeping Hull City in the Premier League

Sing when you're winning: Phil Brown serenades the KC Stadium crowd after keeping Hull City in the Premier League

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Hull City boss Phil Brown says keeping the Tigers in the Premier League is his greatest achievement.

"This is biggest thing I've ever done in my football career."
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After watching his side beat the drop in spite of going down 1-0 to champions Manchester United, Brown was ecstatic at the prospect of another season of top flight football at the KC Stadium.

The City manager treated a packed home crowd to an impromptu karaoke session then told Sky Sports: "This is biggest thing I've ever done in my football career.

"Getting promotion last year was great but staying in the Premier League - with the support that the chairman (Paul Duffen) has given us is just fantastic."

Brown knew his side had to at least match Newcastle's result at Aston Villa and he was kept posted on events at Villa Park by injured members of his squad.

"The club captain (Ian Ashbee) and Jimmy Bullard behind the dugout kept me in touch and were telling me the scores."

The Tigers certainly did things the hard way and rarely looked like getting a positive result from their final game of the campaign after losing to Darron Gibson's spectacular goal - but defeat was not enough to dampen celebrations in East Yorkshire.

"It was one of those where, after we went a goal behind, we had a mountain to climb especially against a side like Manchester United but nobody can question them, the quality was there for all to see."

And when asked if there were moments he felt the club would not survive in the top flight, Brown replied "never" before going to join his celebrating players.

Chairman Duffen was delighted for his manager and added: "I think it is a wonderful birthday present for this man - he is 50 years old next week. He said he wanted to be a Premier League manager on his 50th birthday and he is going to be."

And talking about the club's rollercoaster of a first season in the top flight, he added: "It's been incredible. To know that we are now looking forward to our second PL campaign in 106 years is massive."

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