Blues' boss grateful to club legend for his efforts since he arrived as manager
Phil Brown said Freddy Eastwood was a pleasure to work with during his time at the club, and wished him the very best for the future following his departure on Friday.
Brown admitted the decision to let Freddy leave was one of the toughest he has had to make in his time in football, but says he felt now was the time.
“It’s by far one of the most difficult conversations I’ve had to have,” he said. “It’s never easy speaking to a player to tell them they won’t be staying with us next season.
“But the stature of the man, and the great career he has had with this football club meant it was a very difficult decision for me to make.
“I am personally thankful for what he gave to the team, and myself, since I arrived at Roots Hall. He scored four in four at the start of the season, which built the foundations for what we went on to do.
“He’s been an absolute pleasure to work with throughout my time here. There was lots of talk about what he was/is before I arrived at the club last March.
“But as far as I’m concerned, he was a joy to have around the training ground, and was always good to work with throughout the season.”
Brown recalls the 12-game winless run that Blues experienced earlier in the season as a time when Freddy come to the fore. He added: “It was tough for everyone during that time, but you knew when you came back in on the Monday, he’d have a smile on his face and lift everyone.
“That lift helped us to get back on the training ground, work hard, and eventually turn things around to secure a play-off spot.
“I would like to thank Freddy for everything he has given to the club throughout his career, and to me since I arrived.
“We all wish him the very best for the future in whatever he decides to do next.”