Phil Brown has made an impressive start to management in the Indian Super League with FC Pune City.

The former Derby County, Hull City, Preston North End, Southend United and Swindon Town boss has won four out of his opening five games in charge.

The 59-year-old made the shock move to Pune City in December following his sacking from League Two side Swindon in November. He has guided the Indian side from near the foot of the table to 7th.

Brown played for the likes of Hartlepool United, Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers in his playing days before retiring in 1996.

He got his first coaching role at Bolton before getting his first managerial position at Derby in 2005. Brown lasted just seven months in charge of the Rams and became Hull City’s first-team coach in October 2006.

He later became the Tigers’ manager and guided them to safety in the Championship in 2007 before getting them promoted to the Premier League a year later for the first time in their history.

Brown’s career peaked with Hull City and spells at Preston North End, Southend United and Swindon Town have followed for him.

His move to India at the end of last year certainly raised some eyebrows but he has made an excellent start and will be making a great impression for himself. Former Tranmere Rovers, Preston and Leicester City forward Iain Hume is amongst his squad at Pune City.


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