Mick Brown (footballer)

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Mick Brown
Personal information
Full name Michael Brown
Date of birth (1939-07-11) 11 July 1939 (age 78)
Place of birth Walsall, England
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town F.C. (scout)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1967 Hull City 8 (0[1])
1967–1968 Lincoln City 39 (0[2])
1968–1969 Cambridge City
Teams managed
1975–1979 Oxford United
1979–1981 West Bromwich Albion (assistant)
1981–1986 Manchester United (assistant)
1987–1992 Bolton Wanderers (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael J. "Mick" Brown (born 11 July 1939 in Walsall) is an England football scout who currently works for Ipswich Town.

Brown began his career as a full-back for Hull City, before moving on to Lincoln City. Soon after, Brown moved on to Cambridge City.

Soon after, he was offered a full-time coaching position at Oxford United. After six years as a coach, and following the departure of Gerry Summers to Gillingham, Brown was offered the manager's job at Oxford, a position he held for a further four years. Despite having limited success with the Us, Brown impressed enough to be offered a job at West Bromwich Albion as Ron Atkinson's assistant. When Atkinson was signed by Manchester United in 1981, he was followed by Brown soon after. The two had a successful spell together at Old Trafford, winning two FA Cups in 1983 and 1985, as well as reaching the final of the League Cup in 1983. In addition, the team never finished below fourth in the league in Brown's time there.

However, in November 1986, Atkinson was dismissed by United. His replacement, Alex Ferguson, brought his own assistant manager with him, and Brown was no longer required at the club. In 1989, he was signed by Phil Neal as his assistant at Bolton Wanderers. He remained at Bolton for a further three years, until Neal lost his job with the Trotters and Brown followed him out of the exit door. That summer, he took up a coaching post in Pahang, Malaysia, with the Pahang FA.

Brown did not stay in Malaysia for very long, and soon returned to England as Coventry City's chief scout. He then took up a similar position at Blackburn Rovers in 1997, but only stayed for one season before moving back to Manchester United. He stayed at United for eight years, before he was forcibly retired by the club, whose policy at the time required all staff over the age of 65 to retire. West Brom re-signed Brown in the summer of 2005, and he stayed there for almost two years before linking up with the former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, at Sunderland, joining fellow United old-boys Neil Bailey, Raimond van der Gouw and Michael Clegg.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tommy Cavanagh
Manchester United F.C. assistant manager
Succeeded by
Archie Knox