Blues boss on the five players who left the club
Phil Brown spoke to southendunited.co.uk about his decision to allow five players to leave the club.
Alex Woodyard, Bilel Mohsni, Mickey Spillane, John Spicer and Elliot Benyon have all left the club ahead of the new season.
Brown admits it’s not easy to release players, but says it’s a part of the game that has to be done in order to improve and for him to stamp his DNA on the club next season.
He said: “I don’t think it’s too difficult, it’s one of the necessary evils of the game. The chairman brought me in to do a job with eight games to go.
“My assessment was based on those games, what had been achieved this season and where we finished in the league.
“We’ve got to improve next season and of course there’s going to be casualties with contracts coming to an end and a new manager coming in with a different opinion on some players.
“You have to make these decisions based on not just matches, but what you see in training on a day-to-day basis.
“Four or five have left, with another four or five being out of contract but we’ve offered new deals to a number of them and we’ll have to wait and see.”
Three of the five who were released were central midfielders, including Alex Woodyard who came through the youth setup. Brown says he felt there were too many young players vying for the same central midfield position.
He added: “I went to see Alex at Braintree and I also saw him in training and a behind-closed-doors friendly.
“In that game against Stevenage we had a number of young lads in the same position so I had to make a decision on them as well in terms of whether they are offered a third-year development or a pro-contract.
“I felt that in key areas we were a bit blocked up, especially in central midfield and it was stopping the likes of Jack Payne and Jack Edwards from getting a chance.”
To listen to Phil discussing the departures, click here.