Southend United has confirmed that Ricky Duncan has been handed the director of football role following an administration restructure at the newly relegated Vanarama National League club.
Duncan will remain at the helm of the Blues Academy along with his new posting. He had been undertaking the position on an interim basis over the past year, however, the move has now been made permanent.
Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk, Duncan said: “After speaking with the chairman and having been at the club for 16 years, I felt like I had more to offer.
“It’s been nice to help Ron and especially Phil in terms of highlighting targets, helping to secure them and negotiating with players and their agents which is not new to me.
“I‘ve been wanting to do it at a senior level and now I’ve been given that opportunity, I’m looking forward to working closely with the chairman and manager to help get the club back to where it belongs.
“I will continue to oversee the academy to ensure that the club are still producing players and there is a pathway into the first team.”
Meanwhile, boss, Phil Brown added: “As long as I’ve been at the football club Ricky has helped me in all areas, so I’m absolutely delighted with his appointment.
“Between the chairman, myself and Ricky I can see progress in the way we’re thinking about things and piecing the jigsaw together with regards to getting a good strong squad together that is going to challenge for honours next season.”