Someone should tell Hull that life in the Prem isn’t a reality TV show
Maybe I just have a very unfortunate sense of timing, but every time I turn on Sky Sports News at the moment the permatanned mug of Phil Brown is staring back at me. Enough to make you turn it off again straight away.
The last time I saw him on there he was telling all and sundry about the imminent arrival of Fulham striker Bobby Zamora. Brown gave the Sky Sports News reporter (who may or may not be sleeping rough in the KC Stadium to cut down his daily commute) chapter and verse on how he had gone about wooing his latest target. He just stopped short of naming the proposed fee but only because he had noticed other clubs were not disclosing theirs!
Lo and behold, the news today is that Zamora has turned down Hull and Brown (more Brown than Hull, we suspect). He follows in the footsteps of Michael Owen, Fraizer Campbell and Marc-Antoine Fortune in saying no to Brown.
Indeed, Owen took a thinly-veiled swipe at Hull after signing for Manchester United. He said: “There are some clubs who like to come out and say they want to sign you. It gives the fans a lift that they are going for a player like Michael Owen but I could have gone to a number of other clubs who were going about things quietly.”
But I’m not sure that Brown will ever learn his lesson. As we have seen from his embarrassing on-pitch team talk and survival singalong, ego plays a big part in his football personality. Will the novelty of a daily slot on Sky Sports News ever wear off? Hull fans will be hoping it does pretty soon so that they can perhaps get on with signing some players instead of talking about signing them.