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Southend United boss Brown lands Manager of the Month award, while MK Dons' Baker is also recognised

Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November. Credit: PA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November.

The Shrimpers picked up maximum points in the month to move up to 5th in the division - just four points behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

There was more good news for the club, with winger David Worrall also winning the player award.

Carl Baker has won the League One prize. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker has won the League One prize.

The 31-year-old has been in superb form since joining the club in September, helping the Dons edge closer to the automatic promotion places.

Northampton Town midfielder O'Toole moves to Southend United on loan

John-Joe O'Toole in action for Bristol Rovers last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the loan signing of Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.

The 26-year-old only moved to Sixfields in the summer, but has so far struggled to live up to expectations.

Northampton boss Chris Wilder says that the club made the decision to allow O'Toole to leave on loan until January 24 after the former Colchester man made it clear that he felt he would benefit from time away.

“We had a meeting with John-Joe to try and find out why we haven’t been able to get the best out of him and why he hasn’t been able to produce anything near what he is capable of.

He came up with the suggestion that he might fancy a loan move and I didn’t want to stand in his way."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Southend United land former Rotherham winger Worrall

David Worrall in action (right) in action for Oldham Athletic last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the signing of former Rotherham United winger David Worrall.

The 24-year-old's contract with the Championship newcomers was terminated by mutual consent last week.

He's agreed a two-year contract in Essex.

Worrall made his name at Bury, where he made over 140 appearances. He spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic last season.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown says that he's delighted to have attracted Worrall to Roots Hall.

"He’ll bring a huge amount to this football club.

We identified him early on this pre-season as a target and someone we thought would really help our promotion push next season, but we knew there was lots of interest."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager


Do you recognise these men?

Police want to identify these three men who are suspected of invading the pitch at Southend United. Credit: Essex Police.

Police want help to identify three men who are suspected of threatening rival fans during a pitch invasion at Southend United’s League Two play-off final last month.

On Saturday May 17, there was a pitch invasion after the 2-2 second leg game at Roots Hall.

The tie ended 2-3 to Burton Albion and, while the majority of fans ran to console the players, about 100 ran to the stand where the away fans were.

A number of those people used threatening behaviour towards the Burton Albion fans.

Police have identified the majority of them but still do not know the names of three men.

Liverpool youngster Jakub Sokolik loaned to Southend United

Jakub Sokolik has joined Southend United. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed young Liverpool defender Jakub Sokolik on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old could make his debut in tonight's visit to Scunthorpe United.

Czech centre-back Sokolik joined the Reds' academy from Baník Ostrava in 2009 and played for the Shrimpers in a friendly at Colchester United last week.

Southend United sign Sunderland defender John Egan on loan

John Egan previously played for Crystal Palace on loan. Credit: PA

Sunderland defender John Egan has joined League Two side Southend United on loan for a month.

The centre-back has previously enjoyed temporary spells with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Bradford City.

The Shrimpers have brought in the 21-year-old following an injury to fellow loanee Cian Bolger, who has now returned to Bolton Wanderers.

“With Adam Thompson, Luke Prosser, Cian Bolger and Julian Bennett all out injured, we’ve moved as quickly as possible to bring in cover," manager Phil Brown told the club's official website.

“John is the type of defender I like to have in my side, and I’m sure he’ll fit straight in.

“He’s a no-nonsense type of defender but at the same time he can get the ball down and play out from the back."

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