Phil Brown was confirmed as the new manager of Southend United on March 25, 2013.
Previously Brown is the manager who led Hull City to the top flight of English football for the first time in the club's 104-year existence.
Brown was also part of a similarly historic achievement at Bolton where, as assistant to Sam Allardyce, he helped the Trotters break down the barrier to European qualification.
It had been at Bolton as a player that Phil started taking his coaching badges, in between spells as a defender with Hartlepool, Halifax and Blackpool where he was to become Allardyce's assistant.
He returned to Bolton as first-team coach and enjoyed a brief but successful tenure as caretaker manager after Colin Todd left the club, winning four of his five games.
Allarydyce's appointment by Wanderers led to Brown being installed as number two. Their six-year alliance saw Bolton win promotion and become a force in the Premier League, culminating in an inaugural UEFA Cup campaign.
After a fleeting first managerial assignment with Derby County, Brown was courted by Hull to coach a team struggling in the second tier.
The Tigers were in 22nd place when, after the departure of Phil Parkinson, Brown took caretaker charge - initially alongside Colin Murphy - in December, 2006.
He was installed as permanent boss a month later before steering Hull to a safe position. The following season the club's big city potential was finally fulfilled as the Humberside outfit won promotion to the Premier League, beating Bristol City in the play-off final at Wembley.
Hull then beat Fulham 2-1 on the opening day of the 2008-09 season. They also achieved notable victories over Arsenal and Tottenham in making a fine start to their Premier League adventure which ended in Hull securing their place in the Barclays Premier League on the final day of the season.
Hull and Brown parted company in March 2010, with Brown leaving very proud of his achievements during his time as manager, especially having led the team into the top flight of football for the first time in the Club's history and ahead of schedule.
After managing Preston he returned to management with Southend in March 2013. The appointment ensured that Phil has now managed at every level of English football.
In his first season in charge at Southend, Brown guided the Club to the play-offs with a 5th place finish in Sky Bet League Two.
In 2014/15 season Southend gained promotion to League One via the play-offs, beating Wycombe Wanderers 7-6 on penalties.
Phil hails from the football hotbed of the North East having been born in South Shields in 1959.