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Mar 4, 2011
Wigan supremo Dave Whelan is rumoured to be lining up Southend manager Phil Brown as a replacement for the sacked Owen Coyle. Whelan is quoted as saying "firstly I must apologise to the fans, I got a bit confused when appointing Coyle, I knew I wanted an ex Bolton man and I thought I was interviewing Phil Brown, it's easy to mistake a scottish accent for a geordie one. Turns out Phil was on an intensive tanning course at the time and my secretary , the dopey bint, saw the words "ex-Bolton" on Coyles application and booked him an interview by mistake. I can now see why he kept looking at me in a funny way every time I asked him questions like "so tell me Phil, have you ever bought a 6 pack of slazenger trainer socks from Sports Direct or are you a loyal JJB man ?

Whelan is rumoured to be negotiating a release clause in Brown's annual contract with tan soleil in Great Wakering, "wages are always tricky to negotiate and Phil has committed to a 12 month 3 times a day contract with tan soleil and whilst we are offering a great pay deal Phil is reluctant to keep paying his direct debit without getting the attached benefit which is understandable."