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Phil Brown announced as new Swindon manager

Phil Brown is taking charge at the County Ground until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Swindon Town Football Club has confirmed that Phil Brown has been appointed the club’s new manager until end of the 2017/18 season.

The 58-year old former manager of Southend United and Hull City arrives at the County Ground with ten games remaining of the campaign as Town look for an immediate return to League One.

The new Town boss was delighted to have signed on the dotted line.

“It’s a great challenge. 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.

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.

– Phil Brown, Manager, Swindon Town

Brown met with members of his backroom team earlier today and confirmed that Matt Taylor will be a part of his coaching set-up.

Brown is eager to get back out onto the training ground as he begins his new role, 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.

– Phil Brown
Phil Brown says he's keen to start work. Credit: PA