Is Phil Brown's time at free falling Southend United coming to an end?by Jack Kitson / 10 January 2018, 13:07Tweet
Phil Brown may be the seventh longest-serving gaffer in the Football League, but should Southend’s sorry slump be prolonged then the perma-tanned boss could find himself back in the Job Centre for the first time in nearly five years.
Last season Southend came within one point of securing a spot in the League One play-offs, which would have given the Shrimpers a decent chance of winning promotion up into the Championship - a division they’ve been absent from since 2006/07.
However, the club’s hopes of bagging a top-6 finish this time around have recently been dealt a hammer blow after a sorry run of six defeats in seven league games over the festive period has instead put the Blues’ League One status under threat.
The rotten run means confidence-crushed Southend have plummeted down to 17th, just four points above the relegation zone, and now 10 points adrift of the prized play-offs.
Last weekend Brown marked his 250th game in charge of Southend with a 3-1 loss at Northampton, a club that had previously won only one of their prior 11 games, eight of which they’d lost.
In the aftermath of the dismal defeat Brown told Echo News:
“Given everything going on you could say it’s my toughest time but I won’t ever stop looking at sixth position and I’ll never throw the towel in.
“If I was a boxing coach I would never throw the towel in and if I was a boxer I wouldn’t want my coach to do it either.
“It’s not nice at the moment but I’m still enjoying working for Southend United and Ron Martin and long may that continue.”
Have to give it to Phil Brown, it's quite something to take a squad who just missed out on the play-offs, spend huge wages on new signings whilst keeping the key men, and then turn them into relegation candidates in just 8 months— Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) January 6, 2018
The hashtag #BrownOut is gathering steam on twitter but it looks like the 58-year-old will continue to be backed for now with Chairman Ron Martin once again vowing to strengthen the club in the transfer window - a new striker is top of the list following last week’s sacking of Nile Ranger due to "reoccurring disciplinary issues".
Mr Brown’s boys are next in action on Saturday at home to another out-of-form Fleetwood Town.
Looks like Brown’s staying put...for now...
Q. What would you say to people who say a change of manager is needed?— Chris Phillips (@CJPhillips1982) January 6, 2018
PB: "I would say stick with it. There’s plenty of games to go and the transfer window is still open."
Although he was recently spotted at Anfield...
Look away now Southend fans...
It’s all turned sour for Phil Brown at Southend:— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 10, 2018
Dropped from 9th to 17th in a month
Now 4 points above drop zone
He needs to give himself and his #SUFC players a stern talking to... pic.twitter.com/AlhhZ7CN13