MIKE BROWN did not waste any time getting a job after his team failed to
qualify for the Malaysia Cup soccer semifinals. Last week, he was
appointed assistant manager-cum-coach of English Premier League side
Brown, 53, said he was undecided about his future after Pahang defeated
Perak 2-0 in their last Malaysia Cup group match at Lumut. He had a few
options, which included one in England.
Obviously, it was Coventry, now managed by former England international
Phil Neal following the resignation of Bobby Gould last month.
Gould, who a few seasons ago was linked to Pahang, is now a television
commentator. He quit following the team's 5-1 defeat by Queen's Park
Brown's appointment at Coventry was reported in major dailies in England
The Neal-Brown combination is not new because the duo had a stint
together at Bolton Wanderers.
Brown has been involved in the game for the last 38 years, which
includes a playing career with Hull City (1953-66) and Lincoln City (one
season). He then joined Cambridge from 1968 to 1970 as player-coach.
He was assistant manager at Oxford for two years from 1970 and manager
for four years. He moved on to West Bromich Albion as assistant team
manager before swicthing to Manchester United as assistant manager from
1981-1986. He was with Bolton for five years before coming to Pahang.
Although there is a new management at Coventry, fans are still
clamouring for Gould's return. Last week, protesting Coventry fans invaded
the pitch at the end of the match against Sheffield United in support of
Nearly 400 suporters raced across the pitch at the end of a dreary 0-0
draw and stood in front of the directors box chanting: "Sack the board,
sack the board."
They waved banners proclaiming: `Board out, Gouldy in a reference to
Gould's announcement that he was in touch with a local group wishing to
take over Highfield Road.
It was learnt that he has had discussions with Singapore FA officials,
but nothing has been confirmed so far.