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Hull’s coach Brown unaffected by Duffen’s departure

SoccerNews in English Premier League 29 Oct 2009

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Hull coach Phil Brown insists that Chairman Paul Duffen’s resignation does not change anything for him and strongly believes that his players will continue to support him.

At a brief press conference at Hull City’s Mill House Woods Lane training ground, Brown read out a speech in the ex-chairman’s honor who has always staunchly supported the team and stated that Duffen’s departure was for business reasons and has nothing to do with football results of the team.

“I don’t think it was on football results, I think it was on the business of football. It’s difficult to separate the two, but you do tend to run a business as well as a football club,” he told the press.

“I run the football side of things and I remain in charge for the game on Saturday.

I spoke for a long time with Paul Duffen and Russell Bartlett over the past couple of days and the replacement chairman will be announced after Saturday’s game.

It doesn’t affect me in terms of my position, as has been made reference to by Russell Bartlett in conversations I’ve had with him over the last 24 hours.”

Looking forward to the game at Burnley, Brown refused to be drawn on what impact a defeat would have on his and the teams future. He went on to claim that the team has shown improvement since October and is eager to turn out good results.

“When you bring eight new players in over the summer it takes time to gel, and October has shown they are starting to gel.

If we respond with another win, that shows we are going in the right direction,” says Brown.

On the playing front, he acknowledged that Boaz Myhill would miss the clash at Turf Moor, while Jimmy Bullard has still not recovered and they’ll play him only when he is 100 per cent fit.

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