The Stallions have brought in a new gaffer and consolidated their management and will look forward to make a top four finish in the Hero Indian Super League this season inspite of the chances being slim.
The 62-year-old Spanish coach Miguel Angel Portugal was in charge of the team at the start of the season. Portugal was the head coach of Real Madrid Castilla in the past and had led Delhi Dynamos to an eighth-place finish last season. He took over from Ranko Popovic, who guided FC Pune City to the playoffs last season. He was sacked just after three games into the season. FC Pune City managed to gather one point from those three games with a 1-1 draw against Delhi Dynamos at home, a 2-0 derby loss away and a 3-0 loss to last season runner ups Bengaluru FC at home. Sources suggested Portugal could not instil any belief in the Pune City Management, which resulted in bringing in Technical Director Praddyum Reddy as head coach.
Reddy who has a lot of experience under his belt failed to take Pune City up the ladder. He was in charge for nine games with three wins, one draw and five losses collecting ten points.
The Stallions have now brought in 59-year-old Englishman Philip Brown as their Head Coach. Brown has been in charge of clubs like Bolton Wanderers (caretaker), Derby County, Hull City and Preston North United in his 19-year long coaching career.
FC Pune City lies in 7th place with 11 points from 12 games, 9 points behind fourth-placed side North East United FC. The Stallions’ Management hopes he can give them the much needed breakthrough and make it to the play offs with six games to go.