Phil Brown returns to Southend United as League Two strugglers sack Mark Molesley

Phil Brown (centre) guided Southend United to promotion in 2015. Credit: PA
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League Two strugglers Southend United have sacked manager Mark Molesley and put former boss Phil Brown in charge as his replacement.

Brown previously managed the club from 2013 to 2018 and led them to promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2015.

He takes over from Molesley who was appointed in the summer following the Shrimpers' relegation from League One.

Southend have struggled again this season, and back-to-back relegations are a real possibility with the club currently 23rd in League Two and five points off safety with just six games of the season left.

In a statement, Southend thanked Molesley for his "commitment throughout his tenure" but added that results had remained "inconsistent."

Brown will be assisted by Head of Academy Ricky Duncan and Under 23 Manager Craig Fagan.

A lot of people have asked the question straight away, close friends, 'Are you crazy? Are you mad?'. That's always been the case.Nothing's changed where that's concerned. It's in my blood, and when I got the offer, even though it will be a six game challenge, I jumped at the chance. I've got to say I jumped at the chance.

Of course I'm worried about winning games of football. We all are. But you can't let that get to you, you can't let that get to your thought process about how you're going to win a game of football. I had to get that across to the players. Hopefully we did that, and hopefully we'll see a successful end to the game tomorrow, and if we do we'll move onto the next one.

Phil Brown, Southend United manager

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