EXCLUSIVE: Newly installed Bonnyrigg White Eagles coach Brian Brown will institute a punishing fitness regime after his first week on the job revealed an unfit first team squad.
Brown took over the Bonnyrigg hotseat this week after the club sacked Blagoja Kuleski following the club's recent 2-1 loss to Manly United.
Kuleski had been in charge for the last three years but three losses, a draw and just one win this season was enough for the Eagles board and they axed the former Marconi NSL championship winner.
The NSW Premier League merry-go-round has been in full swing lately with Sydney Olympic coach Aytek Genc resigning just before Easter to be replaced by Nick Theodorakopoulos.
Brown's first game in charge is this Sunday's clash with Bankstown Lions and the genial Scottish-born supremo says he's revelling in being back on the track after success in recent years coaching Sutherland and Blacktown.
"It's a very go-forward club with big plans to upgrade their stadium and build an indoor centre. It sounds quite exciting."
What hasn't been exciting is the physical condition of the squad he's inherited. With Brown keen to institute a high-tempo, pressing style of game, he needs a fit squad and that's one area he and assistant Cliff Pointer will be working on.
"They weren't that fit and not that well organised when we first had a look at them. The way we want to play, they'll have to be fitter to play high energy and work hard. We'll have to crank up the training a little bit but we're wary not to run the legs off them.
"But they've got some very talented players. I think Milorad Simonovic and Steve Bozinovski have looked really good. I think Simonovic could go on and play in the A-League.
"And there's Tony Faria, who was once at Newcastle Jets. He's been on fire. The main thing though is to avoid relegation."