Southend United unveil new manager

Phil Brown - the new manager of Southend United Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire

Southend United are due to unveil Phil Brown as their new manager this morning.

Brown has previously managed at Derby County, Hull City and Preston North End, as well as a spell as caretaker manager at Bolton Wanderers.

The 53-year-old, who guided Hull City to promotion to the Premier League in 2008, will take charge of Blues for the first time against Bradford City on Good Friday.

His first home game in charge will be on Bank Holiday Monday when Blues take on play-off hopefuls Fleetwood Town.

Speaking after his appointment was confirmed last night Brown said:

I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity here at Southend and it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to. We’ve got seven league games between now and the end of the season, hopefully we can put a winning run together and give ourselves a chance of reaching the play-offs. We’ve got a few days of training between now and the game against Bradford that will give me a chance to take a look at the players.'

Graham Coughlan will continue his duties as assistant manager.