Phil Brown tasked with leading Swindon Town up to League Oneby Jack Kitson / 12 March 2018, 20:36Tweet
Swindon Town have named Phil Brown as their new manager in a deal running through until the end of the season.
The Robins were left managerless earlier in March after David Flitcroft traded League One dugouts to promotion rivals Mansfield Town, whose own boss Steve Evans had jumped up a tier to Peterborough.
Midfielder Matthew Taylor was subsequently placed in caretaker charge for Swindon’s clash with Cheltenham on Saturday, in which they were surprisingly thumped 3-0 on home soil.
But now, 48 hours after that shock loss, Swindon have found their man in Brown, who’d been a fixed presence in the top echelons of the betting for the job.
Brown returns to management for the first time since losing his position at Southend - after five years in charge - back in January, and he's opted to keep Taylor on as player-coach.
Brown will be tasked with leading Swindon up to League One, with the club two places outside the top-7 - on goal difference - with 10 games to go. The play-offs represent the club’s best hopes of promotion as they are currently eight points adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
The 58-year-old, who has previously won promotions with Hull (to Premier League) and Southend (to League One), will take charge of his new side for the first time on Saturday away to 14th-placed Cambridge United.
In an official statement on Swindontownfc.co.uk Brown said:
“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.”
BREAKING: As expected Swindon Town have appointed Phil Brown as their new manager on a contract until the end of the season.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) March 12, 2018
He has 10 games left to secure a League Two play-off place for #STFC who are in 9th place.