Hull City XI from Phil Brown's on-field team talk: Where are they now?

Hull City manager Phil Brown (L) talks to his team on the pitch during half time

Phil Brown gave an infamous on-field team talk back in 2008 with Hull City trailing 4-0 against Manchester City.

Hull City manager Phil Brown (L) talks to his team on the pitch during half timeHull City boss Phil Brown giving his half time team talk on the pitch against Manchester City

Hull City were in the top six in the Premier League, whilst Manchester City - awash with cash - found themselves in the relegation zone. That was the situation heading into Hull City's trip to the Etihad Stadium, or Eastlands as it was more commonly referred to then, in December 2008, after 18 games of the Premier League season.

Perhaps that was why Phil Brown was so enraged to see his team being thrashed 4-0 when the referee brought first half proceedings to a halt. A Man City team starring Vincent Kompany and Robinho getting the better of Tigers outfit featuring Kamil Zayatte and Nathan Doyle may seem routine, but not to Brown, or not at that time at least.

The impact of the controversial on-field team talk has been much debated. The Tigers would only win one of their next 19 games, avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth. Manchester City went on to finish 10th, Mark Hughes was replaced by Roberto Mancini the following season and Sheikh Mansour would eventually taste success. Here is the Hull City starting XI from that day:

Boaz Myhill

West Brom's Boaz MyhillBoaz Myhill now plays for West Brom

Boaz Myhill was one of four Hull City players to star for the club in every division from what is now League Two to the Premier League, such was the speed of their ascent. Having joined the Tigers from Aston Villa, Myhill went on to make 277 appearances in seven years at the KCOM Stadium. Myhill left Hull City to join West Bromwich Albion following relegation in 2010, and the former Wales international is still with the Baggies.

Bernard Mendy

A former France international and Paris Saint-Germain stalwart, Bernard Mendy eventually left the Parisians to join Hull City in 2008. He would excite and enthral in equal measure in East Yorkshire, although it would perhaps be a fair critique if one were to say he was stronger offensively that defensively. He played at right-back against Manchester City, and played a total of 56 games for the Tigers. The 35-year-old is now playing in India for Chennaiyin.

Kamil Zayatte

If Mendy was shaky at the back, Kamil Zayatte was a downright liability at times. Still, he played over 50 games for the club, and did impress during the club's impressive early season form, scoring a couple of goals at both ends. The 32-year-old Guinea international is currently out of contact having most recently played for Al Raed of the Saudi Professional League. Given the club's current woes, he'd still get in Leonid Slutsky's current best XI.

Michael Turner

Like Kamil Zayatte, Michael Turner is currently out of contract. Unlike Kamil Zayatte, Turner was as safe as houses for Hull City, winning the club's Player of the Year award in 2007-08 and 2008-09, before a record sale to Sunderland. Since then, the towering centre-back who was once on the fringes of the England squad has seen his stock fall dramatically. He made just a handful of appearances on-loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Paul McShane

Reading’s Paul McShane and Newcastle United’s Yoan Gouffran in actionFormer Hull City fan favourite Paul McShane

A back four containing Bernard Mendy and Kamil Zayatte alongside an out of position Paul McShane at left-back, it may be becoming easier to see how Hull City lost this game 5-1. McShane had a hard few years at Hull City prior to Steve Bruce's arrival. The experienced boss would turn him into a solid centre-back, but before that, he had been a struggling full-back. The Irish international left the Tigers in 2015 to join current club Reading.

George Boateng

Although he started the game for Hull City, George Boateng was stripped after just 34 minutes, replaced by the inexperienced Nathan Doyle. Boateng and Brown would always have a shaky relationship following that, and the former Feyenoord, Aston Villa and Netherlands man has been Brown's biggest critic ever since. Aged 41, Boateng now serves as technical director of Malaysian outfit Kelantan FC.

Ian Ashbee

A Hull City legend, Ian Ashbee is the only man in the history of English football to captain a team from the fourth tier to the top tier. With every promotion people would write off the former Cambridge United man, who overcame a career threatening injury in the process. Ash made almost 250 league appearances for the Tigers, and now works alongside Curtis Woodhouse as assistant manager at Bridlington Town, as well as working for luxury watch company Blowers Jewellers. 

Dean Marney

Industrious central midfielder Dean Marney joined Hull City from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, and would spend the next four years with the club before making a £500,000 switch to Burnley. The 33-year-old is still with the Premier League side, and has played 221 games in seven seasons with the Clarets.


Geovanni  - Hull City celebrates his goal for 1-1Geovanni scored a number of wonder goals for Hull City

Hull City's narrow midfield diamond proved very successful during the early stages of the 2008-09 season, before Phil Brown got nervous and switched to a far less fruitful 4-5-1. The key man at the apex of that diamond was Samba star Geovanni. The former Barcelona midfielder joined on a free transfer from Manchester City, and despite having scored against his former club earlier in the season, he failed to do on this occasion. Geo retired in 2013 and has had no further involvement with the professional game to date.

Dean Windass

Local lad and 2008 play-off hero Dean Windass made a rare start for the Tigers that season against Manchester City. The veteran centre-forward made just five appearances in total that season and played his last Football League game in 2009 for Darlington. Windass now works as an ambassador for Hull City, the club that he spent six years with in two separate spells.

Marlon King

Marlon King was actually rather impressive during Hull City's fine form at the start of the season, but as is so often the case with the troubled forward, it all came quickly crashing down, with his loan move cut short and King behind bars shortly after. The former Jamaican international had stints with Coventry, Birmingham and Sheffield United, but seemingly retired following his most recent sentence for driving offences in May 2014.

Wigan's Marlon King (L), Jason Scotland (R) and Ben Watson look dejected after Blackpool's third goalMarlon King looking dejected during his time at Wigan Athletic

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