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Southend United to announce new manager

Southend United will announce their new manager today after sacking Paul Sturrock at the weekend. The news comes just two weeks before the Shrimpers take on Crewe in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Southend chairman Ron Martin has confirmed Sturrock will still lead the team out at Wembley on April 7th, but said results in the league had not been good enough.

Southend sack manager...for now

Paul Sturrock has agreed to return to manage Southend United for their Wembley final. Credit: PA

There's nothing unusual about a football club sacking a manager these days, but how about letting him stay on to lead them out in a Wembley final?

Southend United have done just that after they parted company with Paul Sturrock.

With the side slipping away from the play-off places in League Two, Southend are only a fortnight away from facing Crewe in the final of the Johstone's Paint Trophy.

The club's chairman, Ron Martin, has released a statement saying he thinks it's only right that Sturrock return to lead his side out at Wembley and he's agreed.

Phil Brown is rumoured to be his replacement.