Phil Brown has been named the new manager of Championship strugglers Preston North End.
North End decided to part company with Darren Ferguson at the end of December with the club rock-bottom of English football’s second tier, five points from safety.
And the Deepdale outfit have now turned to Brown, who guided unfashionable Hull City to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2008.
The 51-year-old, who has put pen-to-paper on an 18-month deal, told the club’s official website: “Preston North End are a big club with great history and tradition and I am really looking forward to the challenge and opportunity.
“I would like to thank the chairman, owner and board of directors for putting their faith in me and whilst I know the current position is one we do not want to be in, I have every belief in the players' and my own ability to get us out of the situation we are in.
“The supporters of this football club are some of the most knowledgeable in the country and like them I want to see the club progress and I hope to be a part of a successful Preston North End.”