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Shrimpers pack some trialists

Southend have taken trialists Conor Clifford and Don Cowan on their pre-season trip to Spain.

Midfielder Clifford, 21, was released by Leicester at the end of last season, while 23-year-old striker Cowan has been without a club since leaving Dundee.

Phil Brown leads Southend out at Wembley

Phil Brown was handed the Southend manager's job after the sacking of Paul Sturrock last month. Credit: PA

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.

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What Twitter says: Anger at sacking of Paul Sturrock

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Southend's weekend match at Rochdale postponed and so they, er, sack Paul Sturrock as manager. Get me out of here!!

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Phil Brown in at Southend? Shrimpers going from a manager with an orange office to a manager with an orange face. Feel for Sturrock.

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The fact that Sturrock will be 'allowed' to play at being manager at Wembley doesn't make this any better. What a joke.

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