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Brown named as Southend boss

Southend United have named Phil Brown as their new manager. Brown has previously managed at Derby County and Hull City and Preston North End, as well as a spell as caretaker manager at Bolton Wanderers.

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Phil Brown 'turned down' Southend job three years ago

Southend United's new manager Phil Brown revealed that he was asked about taking the job earlier in his managerial career.

Brown, who was unveiled at a new conference at Roots Hall, said that the opportunity first came after losing his job at Hull City.

"I spoke to the chairman Ron Martin three years ago when I was on gardening leave at Hull," Brown said.

"I looked at the challenge then but wasn't sure about moving from the Premier League to a lower division.

"But his ambitions for this club were clear for me then as they are now."

Brown also confirmed that he'd spoken to former boss Paul Sturrock about the Johnstone's Paints Trophy Final at Wembley.

"Strange things do happen in football. It's a subject that was broached to me when I spoke about the position," Brown added.

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