BROWN UP FOR POOL PLUNGE
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.