Blues' boss delighted to have opened talks, but says there is no rush to get it done with a year left on his current deal
Southend United are pleased to announce that discussions have started with manager Phil Brown about a new contract at the club.
Brown joined in March 2013 and in his first full season in charge, guided Blues to a fifth place finish before just missing out on promotion via the play-offs.
Blues’ boss signed a two-year deal when he initially joined, and is delighted that discussions have begun over a new deal at Roots Hall.
He said: “After a long season, in which we have had a number of positives, despite just missing out on promotion, I’m pleased with the progression we have made as a club since I came in.
“I sat down with the chairman and chief executive on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, to start discussing a new contract, and look to extend my stay here at Roots Hall.
“I’ve still got a year on my current deal, so there is no rush to get it sorted, but discussions are underway. As disappointing as Saturday was, progression has been made this season, and I want to be part of the long-term future of this club.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time here so far, and am now looking to start building for next season, as we look to go and win promotion to League 1.
“The new contracts offered to Ryan Leonard, Daniel Bentley, Kevan Hurst and Ben Coker this season so we’re looking to build for the future and I do believe there are some very exciting times ahead.
“Saturday’s atmosphere and level of support made me proud to manage this football club. Right the way through from the backroom team, to the players and supporters, we need to put all our efforts in to winning promotion next season.”