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Chairman's statement over Sturrock sacking

Southend United's chairman Ron Martin says poor results in the league have led to Paul Sturrock's sacking. He's confirmed that Sturrock will still lead the the team out at Wembley for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final next month.

I too will look forward to “our day out” but as Chairman my responsibility and focus must also be on the wider interests of “Southend United”. The primary objective last season and again this season was Promotion. The Manager and Players have understood that from the outset. We came up short last season in the Play Offs and the recent results against relatively low League teams such as: Accrington, Barnet, Wimbledon, Plymouth and Torquay

have not been good enough…..2 points out of 15 by any standard is poor. '

– Ron Martin, Chairman, Southend United

Southend manager sacked

Paul Sturrock
Paul Sturrock Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Southend United have sacked manager Paul Sturrock. The news comes just two weeks before the Shrimpers play Crewe in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Southend chairman Ron Martin has confirmed that Sturrock will still lead the team out at Wembley, but said league results had not been good enough. Sturrock's replacement will be announced tomorrow.


Southend ordered to pay fee for Straker

Tribunal sets fee for Straker
Tribunal sets fee for Straker Credit: PA

Southend United must pay Aldershot £17,500 for the services of Anthony Straker after a tribunal hearing.

The left-back moved between the two clubs over the summer having been out of contract at the Recreation Ground, but as he was under the age of 24 and was offered fresh terms by the Shots so the Hampshire club are due a compensation payment.

Southend and Aldershot could not agree on a figure and that has now finally been set by the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC).


Play-off agony for Southend

Southend United will have to spend at least another season in League Two after losing to Crewe, on aggregate, in their play-off semi final last night.

Paul Sturrock's men were up against it from the start with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg to overturn.

Ajay Leitch-Smith put the visitors in front (2-0 on aggregate) only for Neil Harris to hit back for United in the second half.

Seventeen-year-old Max Clayton scored the goal that put Crewe through in the 86th minute.

Southend scored a consolation goal through Chris Barker in the 88th minute, but they couldn't add to their total.

Crewe face either Cheltenham or Torquay in the final.

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