PHIL Brown has returned to management to take charge of League Two side Barrow until the end of the season.

Brown succeeds Mark Cooper, who left the Bluebirds by mutual consent following a run of one win in nine games.

He will be assisted by former Bolton player and coach Neil McDonald, who returns to the Dunes Hotel Stadium.

The club said they are “delighted” to welcome the 62-year-old as their new boss in an official statement.

Brown had a spell with Wanderers as a player and captained the side to the Sherpa Van Trophy during the 1988/89 season.

He later returned to the club to serve as Sam Allardyce’s assistant during one of the most successful spells in the Whites’ recent history.

Brown’s first management role came at Derby but he is perhaps best known for his time at Hull, where he won promotion to the Premier League and helped the Tigers beat the drop the following season. 

He later had spells with Preston and Southend, where he won promotion from League Two.

Following a brief stint at Swindon, Brown headed overseas to manage Indian side Hyderabad before returning to Southend, but he was unable to prevent the Shrimpers from falling out of the Football League. 

Barrow are currently 21st in the League Two table – six points clear of the drop zone with nine games still to play.

Brown will be in the dugout for the first time when the Bluebirds head to the Breyer Group Stadium to take on Leyton Orient on Saturday (KO 3pm).

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