PHIL Brown says it is “obvious surgery is required” to the Swindon Town squad, whether he stays on as manager or not.

Brown will meet chairman Lee Power on Tuesday to discuss his future at the Energy Check County Ground, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Should the club choose not to retain his services, today’s game at home to League Two champions Accrington Stanley would mark Brown’s last match in charge.

Like Brown, several Town players are also out of contract at the end of the campaign, and following the club’s failure to achieve the objective of promotion back to League One, the former Premier League manager admits a revamp of the squad is required ahead of next season whoever is at the helm.

“I think we need to get this game out of the way and then talk about the surgery,” said Brown.

“The natural surgery will take place by definition in that a lot of contracts are up. Whether I retain them or release them, or whether the club retains them or releases them, those decisions will be made after the game.

“It is fairly obvious that surgery is required, it is fairly obvious that something needs to be done about the DNA of the team.

“In time for next season – and I am talking as if I am the manager – the preparations will be totally different. It will one of 100 per cent preparation, 100 per cent due care and attention, 100 per cent pride in the shirt.

“Those are things managers want to see but don’t quite readily see in every player. Sometimes you have to nurture it and bring it along, but if it is not in there, you are going to struggle.

“I would want 11 individuals, plus the rest, to be representing this football club to the best of their abilities in every game, and I don’t think we have done that this year.”

Brown plans to have his Town players serve as a guard of honour to welcome Accrington onto the pitch this afternoon, and has hailed the achievements of his counterpart John Coleman in the Stanley dugout.

“I have written in my programme notes how much respect I have for the opposition,” said Brown.

“A lot of people have said it’s a marvellous achievement. I would probably go one further and if anyone deserves the manager year award from the League Managers Association, John Coleman is who I voted for and that is ahead of Pep Guardiola – and that says an awful lot.

“For John Coleman to do what he has done, with one of the smallest budgets and one of the most unfashionable clubs in the four divisions, to get them promoted is nothing short of a miracle.

“I will certainly be applauding them onto the pitch, but once the whistle goes, it’s business as usual.

“You want to go into battle against the best and the best in our division this year is Accrington Stanley.”