I have to prove myself, says new Pune coach Brown

I have to prove myself, says new Pune coach Brown

first_imgWithin two months of his departure from English club Swindon Town, Phil Brown packed his bags and left for a bigger challenge: Indian Super League.His time with the League Two side ended in a rather unceremonious manner when the management decided to sack him after six months in charge.It was at that time, FC Pune City came calling and Brown knew he had an opportunity to prove himself again.”I think the purpose is to prove myself, I need to prove that I am still a top coach, a top manager and earn a new contract here at FC Pune City. Currently, I am only here for a couple of months but hopefully, I will earn the new deal and continue my association with Indian football,” Brown told Mail Today.ISL wasn’t an obvious choice for Brown. While, in his own admission, he wanted to manage abroad, India happened to Brown by a chance. A quick chat with Kerala Blasters coach and former English goalkeeper David James was enough to accept the new challenge.”I did a seminar with the Football Association and David was there. I spoke to him about it and he told me a lot of good things about India. I also spoke to Trevor Morgan, who spent a good seven years here, and he said it’s a no-brainer. He said I’ll enjoy the lifestyle and football. I tried to get hold of John Gregory and have spoken to Steve Coppell too.”I think joining Pune was simple. I always wanted to manage abroad and India is a great place to begin with. Because of my experience in England, and the success of Steve and John, coming to India appealed to me. When I spoke to the supporters and management here in Pune, it became more of an interesting challenge,” he said.advertisementWhen the season resumes on January 25, an uphill task awaits Brown as the Maharashtra side bid to book a play-offs berth. Standing seventh in the table with 11 points, the final six games of the league will decide the course of the 59-year-old Englishman’s future in the country.”I think we are talking about mini six-game challenge, we need to win five if not six. The task is simple, we plan for the first game and hopefully, the players will abide to my methods. I am still finding out about the Indian players and I hope Iain Hume, Marcelinho and other top players remain fit for the remainder of the season,” he concluded.last_img

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