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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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Change of heart over Southend's Wembley final

Former Southend manager Paul Sturrock has changed his mind about leading the team in Wembley final Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Paul Sturrock has had a change of heart and turned down the chance to manage Southend United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Chairman Ron Martin announced on Sunday that Sturrock had been sacked as boss of the Shrimpers but that, bizarrely, he would return to take charge for the final against Crewe on Sunday 7 April.

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