Barrow Hire Manager Phil Brown as Mark Cooper Replacement

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Manager Phil Brown has been hired by League Two Barrow as Mark Cooper’s replacement.

The former Hull City boss has taken the reins until the end of the current season.

Manager Phil Brown Takes Barrow Job

Safety Job

Phil Brown has come in at Barrow to ensure safety for the League Two club. They sit six points above the relegation spots with nine games to go. Brown will be joined by Neil McDonald as his assistant, McDonald is returning to Barrow after helping play a key role in their Football League survival last season.

Brown brings plenty of experience to the job, having managed in over 500 games across England’s top four divisions.

He was most recently in charge for a short period of time at Southend United. He took over with them looking unlikely to remain in League Two and so they didn’t. Having been relegated to the National League, things only got worse and he was relieved of his duties.

Despite their six-point advantage on 23rd placed Oldham Athletic, things are not nearly as safe as they look with Oldham themselves having a game in hand on Barrow among others.

Brown will be most familiarised by his spell in the Premier League with Hull City, who he guided to promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2008 but has failed to reach such heights since. Though, in an earlier spell with Southend, got them promoted from League Two in 2015.

He will be in the dugout for the first time on Saturday, March 26, v Leyton Orient having been present at Barrow’s training ground on Monday morning.

His predecessor, Mark Cooper, was sacked on Sunday, March 20, after a 2-1 loss to Carlise United a day earlier.


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