Just two days after blowing a home lead against Arsenal and losing in extra-time, Phil Brown has been relieved of his managerial duties and placed on gardening leave. In other words, Phil Brown has been sacked by Hull City, making him the third such casualty during this season in the Premier League (Paul Hart, Gary Megson). Why he’s been put on gardening leave is a mystery in this space. It’s not like he was going to be hired by another Premier League club and there’s not a lot of proprietary information at the KC Stadium that couldn’t be shared elsewhere. Nevertheless, Brian Horton and Steve Parkin will be in charge of the first team for the final nine games of the 2009/10 season with the going simply being Premier League retention. Brown exists Hull having secured their first promotion to the top flight in the club’s history and managed, by the slimmest of margins, to keep the Tigers up last season.