Pune City Signs Englishman Phil Brown to Save their Sinking Ship

Nitish Bhan  |  ISL-5  |  2 Months Ago

Indian Super League side FC Pune City has hired a new manager and it is former Hull City boss Phil Brown, who will taking over the team as the campaign resumes. After sacking ex-boss Miguel Angel Portugal, the club has now gone ahead with the main-man who led the Tigers to the top flight of English football. The Shivajian club will be hoping that the change will bring a positive energy at the club, after a horrific start of the season. 


What went wrong for Pune City

With that being said, the former Pune boss Miguel Angel Portugal failed to utilise his players in the best way possible. He failed to find the right combination that would get him the results and there was a lack of confidence that was quite evident from the team’s play.


Besides, the Spaniard lacked certainty with regard to his starting XI and the experiments cost his team some crucial points. In short, Portugal lacked the much-needed aggression that some of his rival coaches showcased and that did hurt his team’s chances of winning on the go.


What Brown can bring to the table

The 59-year old Englishman was previously in-charge of the League Two side, Swindon Town FC in England. He is someone who can push his team to be disciplined in pressure situations, which he’s well known for during his time with Hull.


If given the right kind of support and backing, Brown can surely help FC Pune City revive their campaign that has been on a downhill journey. They are currently in 7th place, with just 11 points from 12 games.

A coach of his experience can provide some valuable insights to the team, as we have seen happen before. David James, who was recently sacked, did a good job too during his time in-charge of Kerala Blasters. Brown would be expected to bring in more of the same.


A strong finish can help them ensure two things. Firstly, that they finish the campaign on a positive note and each and every player feels part of the unit. On the other hand, a good end to a campaign helps the owners keep hold of their key players as well for the upcoming seasons, which can shape the future for the team in the long-run.


There is no doubt that the decision to sack Portugal was the right one at that point, though whether Brown can really make a strong impact now or not, remains to be seen. 


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