Brown dismisses Bolton job talk

Megson was sacked on Wednesday, the morning after his side threw

away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Brown’s Hull at The Reebok.

Brown has strong links to Bolton having captained the side and

later served as assistant manager under Sam Allardyce. He even had

a short spell as Trotters caretaker manager in 1999. The

50-year-old has had his own problems at Hull this season – he was

reported to be just one bad result away from the sack two months

ago – but he insists he is not tempted to move on, even to a club

close to his heart. Brown, whose main home is still in Bolton,

said: “I think that has an inevitable ring to it, with the fact I

had 15 years there as a player, coach and manager. “But I have got

a massive job here and I fully intend to finish it. “Speculation

will always be the case where I am concerned but I have got a big

job here.” Tuesday’s result and performance proved the final straw

for Megson, who was unpopular with fans throughout his two years in

charge. The draw left Bolton – albeit with two games in hand –

alongside Hull in the Premier League relegation zone heading into

2010. Bolton supporters made clear their disapproval when Megson

substituted goalscorer Ivan Klasnic with the score still 2-1 – a

move that badly backfired. Brown himself has been booed by Hull

fans this season but he feels the majority have always backed him.

Brown said: “If that percentage against you gets higher then it is

inevitable what will eventually happen because chairmen and owners

feel the pressure. “They want to succeed and we are all in the game

to try to win. “I wasn’t aware of the crowd reaction to the Klasnic

substitution at the time. “I was actually concentrating on our

performance and certain individuals within that. “We had to make

changes and it was right for us. It didn’t work for Gary and

unfortunately he went after the game. “A couple of months ago when

the vultures were circling above me, that was not a nice time. “But

the crowd were, to a large extent, well behind what we are trying

to achieve here.” Brown’s side have not won in six games and have

tough encounters against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United

coming up in January. With the manager also under pressure to

reduce the club’s wage bill in the transfer window, he admits new

signings are likely to be few and far between. Loans look to be the

best option but one player Brown is not interested in is Manchester

City striker Benjani Mwaruwari. A proposed move for the Zimbabwean

broke down last summer over personal terms and Brown will not

entertain further discussions, contrary to speculation. “It is a

no-brainer for me,” said Brown. “It wasn’t right for me at the time

and I don’t think the lad conducted himself in the right manner, so

I’m not interested. “It is going to be an interesting January, but

not an over-active one from our point of view. “I know I have to

trim the squad, I know I have to create a budget for myself. “I’ve

got to get players out before I can get players in.” Another

Manchester City striker that might tempt Brown, however, is

Ecuadorian Felipe Caicedo, if he returns to Eastlands early from a

loan at Sporting Lisbon. Brown said: “It is a possibility. If

Caicedo goes back to Man City we would be interested.” Brown is

hoping to offload a number of fringe players in January with the

likes of Daniel Cousin, Peter Halmosi, Nathan Doyle, Bryan Hughes

and Caleb Folan among the favourites to leave. But if offers are

not forthcoming it has been suggested the club might consider

selling the likes of Brazilian playmaker Geovanni or Guinea

defender Kamil Zayatte. Brown said: “If offers come in for any

player, they will be considered on their merits. “That doesn’t mean

there is a fire sale or it is open house, but there have been some

quality performances of late that will attract the attention.”

Allowing Geovanni, who has scored four times this season, to leave

could divide fans and Brown admits he would be reluctant to let him

go. “I’ve just extended Geovanni’s contract so that shows you where

we are standing with regards to him,” he said.