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Southend United FC Staff Profiles

A look at the backroom staff here at Southend United Football Club.

Phil Brown

Phil began his football management career as a caretaker at Bolton Wanderers in 1999 after Colin Todd departed. Sam Allardyce was appointed Todd’s permanent successor and Phil served as Big Sam’s assistant for six years. In 2005, Derby County came calling after George Burley’s departure and Phil took over the helm. Unfortunately, his time at Pride Park was unsuccessful and he was dismissed after only seven months. However, later that year, kept Hull City in the Championship after being placed in temporary charge and was handed the job on a permanent basis that summer. In his first full season, Phil led the Tigers to the Premier League, beating Bristol City 1-0 in the 2008 play-off Final. Brown kept his side in the top flight before leaving the club in June 2010. Deepdale was the next destination for Phil as he was appointed the boss of Preston North End in January 2011. He spent less than a year in Lancashire, leaving the club in December 2011. He was out of football for 18 months until Blues came calling in April, with Phil taking over from Paul Sturrock. The 53-year-old has played for the likes of Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers and Halifax Town, after starting his playing days at Hartlepool United. Brown played over 650 times in a playing career that lasted almost 20 years.

Graham Coughlan

Graham Coughlan
Assistant Manager

Graham originally joined Blues in 2010, signing after departing Shrewsbury Town. The defender has made 38 appearances since arriving at Roots Hall and has also played for Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle, where he made almost 200 appearances. He began his career in his home country, coming through the youth ranks at Cherry Orchard, before the Dublin-born centre back moved to Bray Wanderers. The 38-year-old also spent time in Scotland, playing for Livingston. He became Paul Sturrock’s assistant in 2011, after playing under the Scot at Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday. After Dave Penney’s arrival at Southend, Graham took up the role as First Team Coach. Following Penney's departure, Graham took up the Assistant Manager role again.

Brian Horton
Football Co-Ordinator

An experienced member of staff, Brian Horton was appointed as Blues' Football Co-Ordinator in the summer of 2015, linking up with boss Phil Brown for the third time in his career. Brian joins Southend with plenty of pedigree, having managed the likes of Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Port Vale and Macclesfield Town. As well as manager, Brian was a coach during his time with Doncaster Rovers, whom he was with prior to joining Southend. Before his Doncaster spell, Horton was manager at Macclesfield, and worked with Phil Brown at both Hull City and Preston North End as assistant manager. During his playing days, Horton began with hometown Hednesford Town before appearing more than 250 times for Port Vale in six years. In 1976, Brian moved to Sussex to sign for Brighton and appeared more than 200 times for the Seagulls. He went on to have spells at Luton Town and then Hull City, where he spent a couple of years as player/manager.