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Southend manager Brown hoping for Premier League return

Phil Brown admits he would love the chance to again manage in the Premier League.

The Southend United boss was last in involved in England's top flight in 2010 when he was sacked by Hull City who he led to the Premier League for the first time in the club's 104-year history in 2008.

After a spell with Preston North End, which ended in 2011, Brown took two years out of the coaching caper but is now back in the thick of it with the Shrimpers who won promotion from League Two to League One last season and are currently just one spot out of the promotion play-off spots in England's third tier.

Regarding his role at Southend, Brown told the FL72 podcast that he believes his work is not going unnoticed up the top end of English football.

"You'd hope so," he said.

"You always try to put yourself in at the right level in terms of your ability. Having managed in the Premier League and achieved success at that level, you always want to get back there.

"A couple of years ago, football had turned its back on me where management was concerned and the only place available to me was in the second division. I jumped at the chance and got my hands dirty again, working with players and trying to improve them individually.

"Hopefully I've proved to a lot of people that management at every level is a difficult job. And if you're successful at a lower level, why not be given a crack at the higher levels? It's important you get rewarded somewhere along the line.

"We're trying to improve this football club and take it to the next level - if we can do that and it's rewarded by people looking at that, then all well and good, but I've got a job to do here."

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