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Limerick FC are hopeful they can agree a deal with former Hull City boss Phil Brown over the vacant managerial position at the Airtricity Premier Division club

Airtricity Premier Division side Limerick FC are hoping to appoint Phil Brown as their new manager by the end of this week, according to a report in the Limerick Leader.

Brown met with club officials last week, and the Super Blues are confident they can agree a deal with the former Hull City manager. The 53-year-old has been without a job for the past year after an unsuccessful spell with Preston North End.

Brown recently rejected the chance to take the reigns at Hartlepool as he could not bring in his own staff, while he was overlooked by Fleetwood Town in favour of Graham Alexander. A former caretaker manager of Bolton Wanderers, Brown spent half a season at Derby County before joining Hull City in 2006. He guided the Tigers to the Premier League but was let go at the end of the 2009-10 season following a poor campaign.

Despite achieving promotion to the Premier Division, manager Pat Scully was sacked by Limerick, and a host of potential replacements have been linked with the position. Roddy Collins was the first to throw his name into the hat, while Brian Kerr, Kenny Cunningham, Jason McAteer, Les Ferdinand, and Peter Taylor have all been mentioned as Scully's successor.