PHIL Brown has confirmed his interest in becoming the new manager of Hartlepool United.
SportMail revealed two weeks ago that the 53-year-old former Pools favourite had applied for the position at Victoria Park.
Brown is now down to the final group of candidates for the role – along with Craig Short, John Hughes and Colin Cooper – and is the preferred choice among supporters.
And the former Hull City and Preston North End chief admits he would love the opportunity to “get his hands dirty” at Pools.
“I have spoken to a number of football clubs during my time out since Preston and I have had one or two very good offers, but it doesn’t matter where you are in life you have to consider your own situation,” he said.
“What I have looked at in the main is the amount of Championship clubs that become available and I have not really been considered for them, so I think the time is right to maybe prove myself again and go back down a division and grab a hold of a challenge, get my hands dirty as a coach or a manager and try and run a football club to the best of my ability to show people I am not scared of a challenge.
“It is a former club of mine and I have spoken to them on two, maybe three occasions and we will see what this week brings.
“I don’t think you can ever be under any illusions when you’re a new manager going into a club, invariably you will inherit a problem otherwise there would not be a vacancy and that is the case at Hartlepool United.
“I am under no illusions and I am not kidding myself or anyone else.”
He told Sky Sports News Radio: “It is a big ask and it can’t be an over-night success, but to survive this year would be a massive challenge but obviously not impossible.
“I am a North East lad. I left the North East in 1985 and I still have the strong accent as I go up there on a regular basis.
“I remember the days in 1979 when I began playing and the old memories of derby battles with Darlington and I have great memories of that.”