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Phil Brown's four year anniversary as Blues boss

25 March 2017

A look back on the four years in charge...

Today marks four years to the day that Phil Brown was named Southend United Manager.

Brown is the EFL’s eighth longest serving manager after taking over at Blues on 25th March 2013.

In that period the former Derby County, Hull City and Preston North End boss has won 84, drawn 58 and lost 67 of his 209 games in charge at Roots Hall, taking Blues from League Two to the top of Sky Bet League One in doing so.

Brown’s first game in charge was against Bradford City which ended in a 2-2 draw, as now Blues winger Zavon Hines grabbed a goal in the Bantams’ fightback.

In his first full season in charge, Brown guided Blues to the play-offs where defeat to Burton Albion in the semi-final consigned them to another League Two campaign.

Brown also faced his former club Hull City in the FA Cup Fourth Round who edged out 2-0 winners at Roots Hall.

But the 2014/15 season was to be a memorable one which ended with one of the most dramatic finishes to a Play-Off Final in history.

Joe Pigott's injury-time equalising goal in extra-time against Wycombe Wanderers forced a penalty shoot-out which Dan Bentley made the winning save in. It is one of the stand-out moments in Brown’s tenure. 

Blues are now fighting for promotion from League One after consolidating in their return to League One last season and finishing 14th, and Brown has spoken about making sure today’s game is celebrated for his four years in charge with three points against AFC Wimbledon.


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