Phil Brown and Hyderabad FC part ways

Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) side Hyderabad FC, on Saturday, announced that the club has parted ways with head coach Phil Brown. The club is yet to make any statements regarding the Englishman’s successor.

Brown arrived on Indian shores back in 2018 after he took charge of the now-defunct FC Pune City outfit from interim coach Pradyum Reddy, who was helming the Stallions at the time after the club had parted ways with head coach Miguel Angel Portugal in October 2018.

The former Hull City manager's appointment as Pune’s head coach was formalized on December 24, 2018, and he took charge for his first-ever Hero ISL match on February 2, 2019, with Pune, who were struggling at the time, facing off against Chennaiyin FC. Brown's impact was felt almost instantly as a revitalized Pune side beat Chennaiyin 2-1, a victory which also happened to be the Stallions' only win over the Marina Machans in the Hero ISL.

In his six matches in charge of Pune in the 2018-19 season, Brown won three, drew two and lost just once, helping Pune finish in a respectable seventh position in the 2018-19 league table - something which looked far-fetched at the time of his appointment.

For the 2019-20 campaign, Brown took over the reins of the newly-formed Hyderabad FC outfit. The 60-year-old's second season in the Hero ISL, however, didn't quite prove to be as fruitful as his first. Despite certain bright spots, including a come from behind victory over Kerala Blasters FC at home, Hyderabad have struggled so far this season and are currently rooted to the bottom of the Hero ISL 2019-20 table, with just five points from 12 matches.

“We at the club would like to sincerely thank Phil for his efforts since joining Hyderabad FC. We have had some challenging times in the inaugural season and Phil led the team admirably. All of us at the club would like to wish Phil the very best in his future endeavours,” said Varun Tripuraneni, co-owner of Hyderabad FC.

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