SWINDON Town chairman Lee Power has backed Phil Brown to guide the club into League One after it was announced yesterday that the former Premier League boss will remain at SN1 for another two years.

Brown, who took charge of Town’s final 10 league matches last season following the shock departure of David Flitcroft in March, finalised outstanding issues - including budgets and personnel at the club – with Power on Wednesday afternoon before the announcement was made official.

During his initial short stint at the County Ground, Brown won two of his 10 games in charge including a polished 3-0 win against League Two champions Accrington Stanley on the final day of the season.

It’s possible that win had a say in Brown remaining in the Town hot seat as results prior to the club's final-day win included disappointing losses to Grimsby, Newport and Exeter while games against Morecambe, Crawley, Carlisle and Yeovil resulted in draws.

Amid Town’s failed play-off push, Brown spoke of his desire to remain at the County Ground – frequently highlighting the club’s potential and rich history in the Football League.

Brown will now have two years to make the club his own, and hopes of adding a third promotion to his managerial CV will be top of his list of priorities.

Swindon Town chairman Lee Power said: “The Football Club are delighted to announce that we have agreed a two-year deal with Phil Brown to become our new manager.

"We had a very good meeting on Tuesday evening and we spent a day going through budgets and personnel for next season, which we finalised today hence the delay in making this announcement.”

Stability was a key factor for Power in extending Brown’s reign at the County Ground.

Five men have been in charge at Town in the past two-and-a-half years, including Mark Cooper, Martin Ling, Luke Williams and David Flitcroft.

While Brown’s current record at Town will fail to inspire many, the former Premier League boss repeatedly made comment about inheriting another manager’s team, adding changes will be made should he remain in charge.

Now that his stay has been confirmed, fans can expect Brown to re-shuffle Town’s pack as he eyes a return to League One.

Power added: "One of the key reasons behind appointing Phil on a permanent basis was that I feel the club needs some stability, which he gives us in abundance.

"We were obviously disappointed not to make the play-offs last season and no one more so than Phil.

"This deal gives Phil an opportunity to put his own stamp on the team and, with his record and experience in management, I think he'll help bring this club success over the next two years."