Southend United have today released a statement confirming that manager Phil Brown has been sacked, officially placed on gardening leave until a settlement is arranged. Brown has been in the job at Roots Hall since his appointment in March 2013, helping them reach Sky Bet League One in 2015.
The Shrimpers suffered defeat at home to Fleetwood Town at the weekend, leaving them positioned just two points above the relegation zone. That was their fourth loss in a row, and eighth defeat in their all nine in all competitions. Southend have revealed that a caretaker management team of Ricky Duncan and Kevin Maher will oversee first-team affairs for the time-being.
Also, Brown’s backroom team have today seen themselves lose their jobs. His trusted aid Brian Horton has been dismissed, whilst assistant manager Graham Coughlan, who has been with the club for the past eight years, has also moved on. Bob Shaw, the Head of Recruitment, is the final name to be deemed unneeded with the Essex club.
Southend face a big relegation clash with Rochdale at Spotland this coming weekend, with the club board clearly hoping the managerial change can oversee some kind of instant upturn in results. It remains to be seen who indeed with be named as the official replacement for Brown, although the Sky Bet League One vacancy is likely to receive plenty of interest in the coming days and weeks. The club states that it will now fully cooperate with supporters as the search for a new manager begins with immediate effect.