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Duncan: "It means a lot to me."

Caretaker manager Ricky Duncan previews the visit of Shrewsbury

29 March 2019

Southend United caretaker manager Ricky Duncan said the chance to take charge of the side tomorrow against Shrewsbury Town means a lot to him.

Duncan has stepped up following the dismissal of Chris Powell on Tuesday.

And he said everyone has come together really well and he’ll be doing the job for as long as the club needs him to.

“I’ve been here a long time and I know a lot of the players,” he said.

“We’ve got good staff here. It wasn’t nice, Chris leaving. I don’t think any manager leaving a Football Club is nice but it happens.

“You have to pick the pieces up very quickly because the next game is around the corner.

“The players have been fantastic and the work ethic they’ve put in so far will carry through into Saturday.

“If you’re called upon and you’re asked to do a job, I believe at any Football Club no matter what you’re asked to do you step up. You’re an employee of the Football Club.

“I’ve been here 14 years and five years before that. I’ve had a long affiliation with the club so it means a lot to me.

“The opportunity to come in and help out and try and do something, I’ll just do that for as long as Ron [Martin] wants me to.

“If he decides to bring someone else in then great, I’ll be there to support them in what they do. That’s the nature of the game and that’s how I am as a person.”

Duncan added: “Kevin Maher has been brilliant, he’s jumped right in there alongside me. The both of us pretty much do everything together.

“Dave Huzzey, Ian Hart, Danny Heath, I could round them all off. The staff with the first team like Ben Cirne, everyone has come together and really put an effort into making sure the players are ready for Saturday.”

Duncan has been in this position twice before but on both occasions the game has been called off.

But there’s no risk of that happening on Saturday for what is a big game at the foot of the table in Sky Bet League One.

Duncan, though, sees it like any other game.

“I think every game is a big game, full stop.

“We put too much emphasis on big games because I think every game is a big game. Every game on a Saturday, every game for the youth team, the U15s, U16s. Every game is a big game and we want to go out and try and win that game.”

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