SWINDON Town Football Club can confirm Phil Brown has been appointed the club’s new manager until end of the 2017/18 season.
The 58-year old arrives at The Energy Check County Ground with ten games remaining of the campaign, as the Reds look for an immediate return to League One.
Speaking to Swindontownfc.co.uk, the new Town boss was delighted to have put pen to paper and is eager to take on the promotion quest.
“It’s a great challenge,” he said. “It’s a short-term deal at the moment and the lure of the play-offs and possible promotion was a big attraction for me, as was the sales pitch from the chairman.
“Lee (Power) outlined what he wants for the club and the ambition and that really interested me.”
He continued: “We have a ten-game season now – it’s really a snapshot of what football is all about. This is an opportunity to get the club promoted and coming into a situation like this, at the right end of the division, is a rarity in some senses.
“Another aspect of this is the size of Swindon as a club, who in my opinion have been a sleeping giant for years now. They have a fantastic history with some great names to have played or managed here. Couple that with the ambition of the chairman, it was an easy decision to make.”
Brown met with members of his backroom team earlier today; with the new boss confirming Matt Taylor will be a part of his coaching set-up.
“I met with the staff earlier today and they are young, eager and ticked a lot of boxes. Matty Taylor will be a part of the coaching set-up as a player-coach. We have ten games to work together and I am delighted to have the opportunity of working together, both in terms of coaching and utilising his ability on the field.”
Brown is eager to get back out onto the training ground as he begins his reign in Wiltshire, which will begin with a trip to Cambridge United in League 2 this Saturday.
“I can’t wait. There is nothing better than getting back out there on the training ground and working with the players. I want to try to improve them, implement a bit of discipline and tactical awareness.
“The challenge now is to get as many wins as we can from now until the end of the season, starting at Cambridge United on Saturday.”
Brown will be introduced to the media at a press conference on Thursday lunchtime at The Energy Check County Ground.