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Brown's On Borrowed Time?

Football managers should be used to the pressure, its par for the course, so they say. Flying in from all directions, including from your own spectators, the media and the boardroom, insults are abound.

Luck, they say, is something you have to make yourself. Bad and good decisions are but two sides of a coin that habitually evens itself out over a season.

Try telling Phil Brown of Hull City that.

His team’s game against Burnley at Turf Moor proved that the cards can be heavily stacked against you. For a start, the referee chosen for the game was non-other than the official who didn’t officiate very well in the Sunderland v Liverpool game that was decided by a beach ball.

Reason to be worried: 1
Then the said official gives a penalty that was as unbelievable as a couple of Martians applying season tickets at the KC Stadium! The penalty was calmly converted by the reliable Graham Alexander.

Reason to be worried: 2
The game then went into silly mode with the offending official, carefully watching the wall during the taking of a free kick. Once Geovanni had expertly found the back of the net the referee blew his whistle for the flimsiest of reasons imaginable. Fancy a forward leaning into the side of the wall! Imagine that!! The alleged infringement played no part in the goal being scored at all and the conversion should have been allowed to stand.

Reason to be worried: 3
Now this referee, deciding he was really going to make a day of it, then sent Geovanni off for slipping and colliding with an opposing player, a second booking too far.

Reason to be worried: 4
With the game ending 2-0 for Burnley following another goal from Alexander, Brown must now be living on borrowed time. With only 2 wins this season adding to the dreadful end to last year, as well as the departure of his Chairman this week amid financially worrying news, it’s hard to feel confident in a Hull revival under Brown.

But stranger things have happened, I just can’t think of any at this time!


 

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