Decision time for Brown and Blues

Southend United 1-1 Newport County – Reaction

Phil Brown has some decisions to make over the coming days, starting with that surrounding his own future at Southend United.

Blues improved significantly after Brown took charge for a second spell at Roots Hall following Mark Molesley’s departure. However, it was a case of too little too late for the Blues who slipped out of the Football League after a continued membership spanning 101-years.

Southend went into their final game of the season with play-off contenders, Newport County, having beaten both Leyton Orient and Barrow. But they were unable to record a third-successive victory – Mickey Demetriou’s header cancelling out Shaun Hobson’s early opener for the Blues.

Brown explained what was said in the dressing room at full-time: “Just a few home truths were delivered after the game,” the 61-year-old explained.

“I certainly believe that as a manager of any team or any changing room, you’ve got to go in there and be honest with the players. Those honest conversations will spill into next week with regards to individuals that I want out of the club if I take the reigns myself.”

Brown continued: “That’s the main conversation I’ve got to have with the chairman tonight, tomorrow and let’s see what happens. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday are important days for any manager regardless of whether you’re preparing for a play-off semi-final and final as Michael Flynn is next – and congratulations to Newport.

“But that’s the kind of mentality that you need for a 46-game campaign. I don’t think we’ve had enough strong characters in the changing room to be able to deal with adversity. Regardless of whether there’s a pandemic, when you cross that white line there you’ve got a game of football on your hands and it’s eleven versus eleven.

“Yes, you can be embarrassed by the qualities of the rich teams and the teams above you in the leagues, but everybody can perform to the best of their ability forty-six times a season and come out where you deserve to be.

“I’ve just said to them in there that we’re second bottom and that’s the reason why we’ve got relegated: because we haven’t got enough points, we haven’t got enough character, enough fight, we haven’t got enough quality and we haven’t got enough drive in that changing room. That’s one thing that, if I am still here next year, we will have in abundance.”

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Brian Jeeves

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