FC Pune City has been substantial in terms of their grassroots development programmes and their efficient build up as a viable brand but, on the other hand, the Arjun Kapoor co-owned franchise had a slow start to the season 5 as the stallions have a meagre 3 wins after playing 12 matches.
Initially, the side was led by the Spaniard, Miguel Angel Portugal who led the team for the starting three games after getting replaced by the Technical Director, Pradyum Reddy who took in charge of the team as an interim manager. As the season progressed, the entire Pune City management understood the potential the team holds and the requirement of an experienced manager who can make things fall in place. The 59-year-old Phil Brown has been called up to take charge for the Maharashtrian based side, FC Pune City as the new Head Coach.
Here we take a look at the 5 things you would want to know about the English gaffer!
1) Phil Brown’s playing career :
Phil Brown boasts an immense 18-year footballing career as a player playing 652 matches where he actively participated in the championship but failed to make it to the top flight. He has had his stints in clubs like Blackpool, Hartlepool, Halifax Town, Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool. Being a fullback, he has a total of 46 goals to his name.
2) Brown’s career as a manager :
Brown had a humble beginning to his managerial career back in 1999 as a caretaker manager for the Bolton Wanderers. He led Derby County from 2005 to 2006 for a span of 7 months where he failed to make things better for the club and give them results. But things changed, as he took charge of the Hull City in 2006 where he firmly established his managerial excellence as he assisted the club to get their promotion to the Premier League by defeating Bristol City 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. He spent a total of 4 years (2006-2010) with the club before he got sacked by the management.
3) The famous team talk :
It was the 2008-09 season in the Premier League when the Tigers were sitting at the sixth place in the Premier League table led by Phil Brown. They visited the Etihad or the Eastlands as it was known, in December 2008, after 18 games of the Premier League season. They trailed by 4 goals till halftime as Phil Brown’s decision of having a team talk on the field led to debates all across the footballing sphere. Phil Brown then quoted, “Our 4,000 travelling fans deserved some kind of explanation for the first-half performance and it was difficult for me to do that from the confines of a changing room.”
Though they faced a defeat that day, owing to that the team then further went on to win at the Emirates, the White Hart Lane, St. James Park and lost 4-3 at the Old Trafford. The team went on to hold a 1-1 draw at the Etihad after 10 months.
4) Phil Brown’s future as a Pune City manager :
The Manager will be assisted by Pradyum Reddy, the Technical Director for the Stallions and also the former Head Coach of the team. He will certainly get to discuss the happenings in the club with Pradyum and the Technical Staff and make the necessary changes before the season resumes after the upcoming AFC Asian Cup concludes. As the CEO of the club quoted, “His successful stint at Hull City was historic and says a lot about his calibre as a manager.” Things yet remain to get unfolded as the season proceeds.
5) The curse of English Manager :
The history of ISL failed to witness a promising English manager except for John Gregory who won the league with Chennaiyin last year as there has been a total of 10 managers from England who couldn’t create a difference for their respective franchise and win trophies. The Indian Super League is set to witness a very experienced gaffer at the helm for the Stallions where he will try taking the team to the top four of the table and secure the playoff spot. FC Pune City looks forward to having a happy new year with a jovial start.