Southend say manager Paul Sturrock will be relieved of his duties but will lead the team for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final
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Congratulations to League One Crewe Alexandra, who have defeated Southend United of League Two 2-0 to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.
Southend boss Phil Brown led out his team at Wembley as they took on Crewe Alexandra in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final on Sunday - just weeks after he was controversially installed as manager at Roots Hall following the sacking of Paul Sturrock.
Southend had initially indicated they would allow Sturrock to return to lead the club for the game, as thanks to him for guiding them to Wembley. However, the controversial idea was rejected by Sturrock.
Brown did, however, allow his assistant Graham Coughlan the honour of standing alongside the Southend team during the national anthem, opting instead to stand in the technical area.
Southend United's Bilel Moshni says he's looking forward to Sunday's Johnstone Paint Trophy final against Crewe.
Southend's weekend match at Rochdale postponed and so they, er, sack Paul Sturrock as manager. Get me out of here!!From @NeilHarmanTimes on Twitter:
Phil Brown in at Southend? Shrimpers going from a manager with an orange office to a manager with an orange face. Feel for Sturrock.From @gavbrown_metro on Twitter:
The fact that Sturrock will be 'allowed' to play at being manager at Wembley doesn't make this any better. What a joke.From @iainmacintosh on Twitter:
The wintry conditions are taking their toll as the first weekend football fixtures have been called off.
The League One games at Scunthorpe, Crawley and Bury have all fallen victim to frozen pitches while the League Two matches at Accrington, Rochdale and Southend are off for the same reason.
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