Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

PHIL BROWN is favourite to be named Hartle­pool boss af­ter the League One min­nows were turned down by Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son.

The 53-year-old ex-Pools de­fender is set for talks over the va­cant job af­ter re­veal­ing his in­ter­est in suc­ceed­ing Neale Cooper.

Mid­dles­brough coach Colin Cooper and care­taker boss Micky Bar­ron are also in the frame.

But for­mer Eng­land boss Eriks­son is set to re­main in his cur­rent coach­ing role in Thai­land.

For­mer Hull boss Brown played more than 250 times for Hartle­pool in a seven-year stint from 1978. He has been out of man­age­ment since be­ing sacked by Pre­ston last De­cem­ber.

Hartle­pool sit bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter just a sin­gle win all sea­son, a run that led to Cooper re­sign­ing ear­lier this month.

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