Phil Brown will lead out Southend at Wembley
Next Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley will mark Phil Brown’s first landmark match as manager of Southend United, when he leads out the team who he…didn’t manage before at any stage of the competition, come to think of it.
March 28th, 2013
A statement from chairman Ron Martin last week announced that Sturrock was to be relieved of his duties as manager of the League Two play-off outsiders, but also maintained that he would manage the build-up to, and the match itself.
Sturrock’s replacement Phil Brown will have overseen two of the Shrimpers’ fixtures by the time their supporters make the walk down Wembley Way but the chairman’s gesture would have served as a fitting send-off and tribute to the former manager’s hard work in reaching the final – despite a bad run of league form with only one win in six costing him the job.
However, a tweet from the club has confirmed Sturrock “has politely declined” the offer, confirming that Brown will indeed lead out the side at Wembley.
“Paul will travel with the supporters to the game and sit in amongst the fans. He says he is looking forward to a few beers with you all.”
Speaking on local radio, Paul Sturrock spoke of the “professional” choice he made being the only reasonable one.
“I feel unrest caused to the players and fans on this fantastic day might spoil their enjoyment.
“I thank the fans for their massive support since my appointment and also their amazing backing for me to manage the final.”