A meeting with Southend United chairman Ron Martin at Manchester Airport swayed Phil Brown to become the club's new manager.
Brown was preparing to travel for a coaching assignment in the South African townships, but chose to get back on the football manager treadmill. Watch Donovan Blake's report.
Paul Sturrock has changed his mind about to manage Southend in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley after he was sacked.
The Shrimpers are due to unveil Phil Brown as their new manager at a press conference this morning