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Brown: A home from home for players

10 May 2013

Phil Brown says he wants to make Boots & Laces training ground a home from home for Blues’ players next season.

Work is being done to improve both the inside and outside of the training ground from the practice pitches to the canteen as Brown prepares in full for the 2013/14 season.

The manager is also hoping the pitch at Roots Hall will be back to its best as Blues look to improve their home record after a disappointing year in front of the home crowd.

He said: “At the training ground, we have got four pitches and there’s a lot of pressure on them with all the youth team and centre of excellence games being played.

“There’s lots of bodies on them on a daily basis so I’m going to try and make the first pitch the best pitch in Southend, outside Roots Hall of course.

“The seeds on the pitches will have time to grow over the next couple of months and be in the best shape possible when the lads return for pre-season.

“The groundstaff are working hard, planting seeds on the pitches, but there’s also lots of work to be done inside the training ground.

“It needs to be a home from home for the players because they spend so much of their time at the training ground and are there almost every day.

“We want players to come into an environment they are proud of. When we’re looking at signing players we want their families, agents and of course themselves, to like the look of the training ground.

“But there’s also sponsors who come to have lunch with the players and have nowhere to sit. It’s the simple things that we’re trying to improve.

“Little things like that are key to the detail that makes the bigger picture a lot brighter.

“I was surprised by the Roots Hall pitch when I arrived here because it was just impossible to get the ball down and play because it was so hard, it was frustrating for everyone.

“This place needs to be rocking next season but that happens through good football on the field of play. We have got to make sure the brand of Southend United is the right type of brand for people to want to come and watch.”

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