PHIL Brown insists chairman Lee Power has the drive and determination to see Swindon Town return to the Championship in the next three seasons.

Questioned whether he believes Power has the ambition to see Town return to the second tier of English football on a phone-in on BBC Wiltshire this evening, Brown responded ‘100 per cent, yes’.

Brown, who agreed a two-year deal with Power to remain as boss two weeks ago, added: “I think he’s got the drive and determination.

“He’s certainly the type of character that I can work with, there’s no doubt about it.

“I’ve enjoyed the meetings that I’ve had with him, they’re always productive. You always get a similar type of feel when you come out of it, a positive feel.

“I know he’s had a hard time at Swindon Town, I’m here to make that time easier and more successful.

“I’m glad he’s put his faith in me for two years, and hopefully he’ll be backing me in terms of the backroom staff and the playing staff.”

The 58-year-old first experienced taking charge of Town when signing an initial 10-game deal with the club in March, following the departure of David Flitcroft to Mansfield and a brief interim spell from player Matt Taylor.

At the time, Town were still very much embroiled in a battle to secure one of the four League Two play-off spots.

But despite winning his first game in charge at Cambridge, Brown only guided his men to one further win – which ultimately proved not enough as Town finished the season ninth.

He said: “Myself and the chairman met in London in Park Lane at a casino which I thought was quite interesting.

“He wasn’t distracted, and I wasn’t. Then we moved onto dinner, we met someone that will probably invest in the future in Lee’s businesses not necessarily Swindon Town.

“All of it was very productive, very positive. Now I’m at the helm, I want to tell people the truth. I want to let people know what’s going on.

“If the hierarchy are not prepared to sing with me, you’ve got to be on the same page. We’ve got thousands of supporters that need to know, and I will be engaging with them, no doubt about it.”