Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City today announced Phil Brown as their new head coach for the remaining of the 2018/19 season.
With close to two decades of managerial experience, Brown has been at the helm of top English football clubs like FC Blackpool, South End United, Preston North End, Derby County and Hull City among many.
On signing the English coach, FC Pune City CEO, Gaurav Modwel said, “Phil has extensive experience of playing as well as a manager with a has a proven track record in England. His successful stint at Hull City, getting them promotion to Premier League was historic and says a lot about his caliber as a manager. We welcome him to FC Pune City family and look forward to making most of the rest of our season.”
Before starting his managerial career in England in 1999, Brown played across England for clubs like Bolton Wanderers and FC Blackpool among others for over 18 years. In 1999, he started his managerial career with FC Blackpool as an assistant coach. It was 2006, when the Englishman took charge of Hull City. Under him, the club won the Championship in 2008 and earned promotion to the English Premier League for the first time in their 104-year history.
In 2013, Brown joined South End United in League Two and in his five years there, the team qualified for playoffs thrice and won promotion to League One.
“FC Pune City has been having a difficult season but I am optimistic about taking up this job as the points table really isn’t the real representation of the talent that’s existing at the club. The potential at the club is exciting and I am really looking forward for the season with FC Pune City,” said Brown after signing up with the Stallions.
Brown will be joined by Aidan Davison as goalkeeper coach. Davison, a former Premier League footballer, has a managerial career at clubs across USA and England including Hull City, FC Arizona and Jacksonville Destroyers.