Peter Swan: Phil Brown could find he's been out of the game too long
JUST when we thought Phil Brown was back in football management, something happened at the last minute that meant the Hartlepool job went to former Hibs manager John Hughes.
It looked certain that Brown was about to end his time out of the game by taking what I thought would be the ideal job for him.
It was a club he knows very well having spent much of his playing career there.
Nobody knows for certain what led to the breakdown in talks, but some people are suggesting it was down to finances.
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Only the chairman and Brown will know and maybe over the course of time the truth will emerge.
It's a sign of the times though that Brown, who led the Tigers to the Premier League in 2008, is still looking for a job.
He didn't need buckets of cash to win promotion to the Premier League.
I thought that would have been a major plus when it came to chairmen looking for their right man.
Many thought he would walk into a job in the Championship, but that hasn't been the case.
This shows he is now prepared to drop down to League One to resurrect his managerial career.
His record in the Championship speaks for itself but for some reason, chairmen are reluctant to give him a job.
Blackburn appointed Henning Berg even though he has been coaching abroad for the last few years and had no experience in the Championship.
The longer it goes on, the harder Brown will find it getting back into management.
Brown is in danger of becoming a forgotten man in the world of managers, but I'm sure he will find an opportunity somewhere for him to rebuild his career.
The problem is, there are plenty of other managers out of work at the moment with better CVs than Brown.
It would though, be good to see him back.