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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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Boateng: Brown has found a new lease of life

Hull veteran George Boateng believes Adam Pearson's return to the club was just what Phil Brown needed.

With Hull in the bottom three after a string of poor results, it looked like Pearson wouldn't be the only change of personnel at the club when he returned last month, but after a four-game unbeaten run, Boateng believes Hull are on the up, largely thanks to Pearson's attitude.

"What has done the club very good recently is the change of the chairman," he said. "The change of the chairman has ultimately resulted in the manager managing the team better. He has said that too. Therefore the team has had better results and better performances over the past few weeks. It has been great for the team and everybody involved.

"Also for the manager, because he has had some stick, some bad press - I think he has handled that period well. The way to handle it is to get results and he is under no illusions results keep you in a job.''

Boateng's return to the team coincided with the Tigers' change in fortunes, and after being dropped for four games following the 6-1 thrashing at Liverpool, he played a key role in the victory over Stoke four weeks ago.

Another player who made an impact against Stoke was the club's record signing, Jimmy Bullard, making his home debut after a long spell on the sidelines, and Boateng believes the former Fulham midfielder has made a real impact.

"As a team you always need someone to give you a lift and that was Jimmy Bullard,'' said Boateng. "I think Jimmy's return was perfect for the club, in combination with the new chairman and the manager's new ideas and positive feeling. That resulted in the team picking up more points.''

Bullard's outstanding form has helped transform the mood at the KC Stadium and enabled Brown to weather the storm, and he admits Bullard has been inspirational.

"I don't think much has changed in terms of the belief at the football club; personnel has changed," said Brown. "Obviously the chairmanship has changed and we can now utilise Jimmy Bullard.

"Jimmy has come into the camp and turned things around in terms of the way we play. It gives you a lot more confidence when you have got the ability to pass the ball the way you want to pass it and retain possession the way you want to retain it.

"You can obviously cause opposition problems because of the way you retain the ball and I don't think we had that at the start of the season.''

Yet while Brown may have reason to breathe easier after seeing his team climb to 15th in the table, he is determined not to let standards slip at Villa Park.

"I think if anything there is more pressure on us because of the way we have addressed the situation in the last couple of weeks," he added. "We expect now to go out and play some good football.

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