FC Pune City appoint Phil Brown as new head coach

FC Pune City have announced the appointment of Phil Brown as the team's head coach for the remainder of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 campaign. The Englishman will take over from interim coach Pradyum Reddy, who was helming the Stallions after the club parted ways with Miguel Angel Portugal back in October.

Brown played professional football for English clubs like Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Hartlepool United and others for almost 18 years before starting his managerial career back in 1999 as an assistant coach for Blackpool.

In 2006, Brown took charge of Hull City and helped them win the Championship in 2008, earning the club a promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their 104-year history. Brown has also coached the likes of SouthEnd United, Preston North End, Derby County and others.

Brown will be joined by Aidan Davison as the goalkeeper coach. Davison, a former Premier League footballer, has worked with clubs across USA and England, including Hull City, FC Arizona and Jacksonville Destroyers.

"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 to the season with FC Pune City," Brown said after signing with the Stallions.

Pune CEO Gaurav Modwel said, "Phil's successful stint at Hull City, getting them promoted 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."

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