Brown sets to work on Blues rebuild

Great Wakering Rovers v Southend United – Friendly Match – Burroughs Park – Reaction

Great Wakering Rovers 0-2 Southend United

Phil Brown was relatively satisfied with Southend United’s first venture out ahead of their first Vanarama National League campaign.

The Blues chief ran the rule over a sizable percentage of his squad as well as several trialists including former Norwich City frontman, Matt Dennis as well as Deon Moore and Hamzad Kargbo from Dulwich Hamlet and Queen’s Park Rangers respectively.

Indeed, Kargbo nodded home three minutes after the restart to secure a 2-0 success for the Roots Hall Stadium club, this after Jason Demetriou had opened the scoring with a twenty-first minutes spot-kick.

“We had two lots of forty-five which was a good workout for everybody from a physical point of view,” Brown enthused.

“Nobody was injured, which is a big plus, and every one of the trialists I thought impressed. Not to earmark any individual, I just thought every one of the trialists had a good attitude and showed a good mentality to want to be with us next year.

Brown continued: “I’ve got some big decisions to make as I’ve not got that much of a budget left to spend. 

I want to have a look at them in a better game, not to be disrespectful to Great Wakering, against West Ham on Friday and Maidstone on Saturday and I’ll make decisions after then.”

Brown spoke of the importance of changing the psych at the club following back-to-back relegations: “The three or four years that I’d been away there was obviously some kind of issue with regards to winning games of football and once they started that losing streak and back-to-back relegations it’s not easy to pick up the mantle and turn it around.

“That’s our responsibility, our jobs in the next four-five weeks, is to get a winning mentality. Create an environment where players want to come in and work, want to come in and enjoy being at Southend United and hopefully be in a successful season next year.

“That for me is the hardest part of pre-season, it’s not fitness levels. I’ve had forty years in the game so I know what pre-season looks like from a physical point of view, but not so much the mental side of things and I think that’s a real test of character when you’ve had back-to-back relegations and now we want to get a promotion on the CV and that isn’t easy. We’ll be working on the brain and the mentality more than anything else.”

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Brian Jeeves

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