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Change of heart over Southend's Wembley final

Former Southend manager Paul Sturrock has changed his mind about leading the team in Wembley final Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Paul Sturrock has had a change of heart and turned down the chance to manage Southend United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Chairman Ron Martin announced on Sunday that Sturrock had been sacked as boss of the Shrimpers but that, bizarrely, he would return to take charge for the final against Crewe on Sunday 7 April.

Phil Brown 'turned down' Southend job three years ago

Southend United's new manager Phil Brown revealed that he was asked about taking the job earlier in his managerial career.

Brown, who was unveiled at a new conference at Roots Hall, said that the opportunity first came after losing his job at Hull City.

"I spoke to the chairman Ron Martin three years ago when I was on gardening leave at Hull," Brown said.

"I looked at the challenge then but wasn't sure about moving from the Premier League to a lower division.

"But his ambitions for this club were clear for me then as they are now."

Brown also confirmed that he'd spoken to former boss Paul Sturrock about the Johnstone's Paints Trophy Final at Wembley.

"Strange things do happen in football. It's a subject that was broached to me when I spoke about the position," Brown added.


Brown looks forward to Shrimpers challenge

Southend have named Phil Brown as the successor to Paul Sturrock.

Brown told the club's official website: "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.

Brown achieved promotion to the Premier League with Hull in 2008 but has been out of work since December 2011 following relegations with the Tigers in 2010 and Preston the following year.

Sturrock is still due to lead the team out for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Crewe.