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'PHIL HAS DONE A TOP JOB'.

SAM ALLARDYCE claims Hull fans need a reality check for criticising Phil Brown.

Despite guiding Hull to promotion in 2008, Brown has come under fire from his own supporters and his future in the job has been uncertain following a poor season.

Allardyce intends to heap more misery on his mate and former assistant as Blackburn look to end a four-match run without a win.

But Allardyce has defended his pal's record and insisted that Hull are lucky to have Brown.

The Rovers boss said: "A lot of the critisism aimed at him has been unjust in my opinion. He got Hull in the Premier League which nobody else had ever done and he has kept them up.

"Unless somebody gives him an extra pounds 30-pounds 40m to spend then that is the best they can hope for."

Despite their friendship, Allardyce says he and Brown are complete opposites.

Big Sam said: "He is the eternal optimist - I am a pessimist. I have always been that way, worrying what happens if things go wrong.

"Phil is the opposite - you can't knock him down. He always gets back up. I admire him for that."

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Date:Dec 12, 2009
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