Mark Molelsey says having some supporters back on Saturday will be a massive lift.
Not since March 7th, 280 days ago, and a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers have Blues fans been able to watch their team live.
But with 2,000 fans ready to and raring to walk back through the turnstiles when Scunthorpe United visit this weekend, Molesley can't wait to have them getting behind the team once again.
"I’ve said from day one it’s been absolutely soulless without the fans.
"They can’t come back quick enough. We need them, we need their help at the moment and we can’t wait to welcome them back.
"We’ll be working very hard for them on the pitch and hopefully they will work hard for us as well.
"We need that 12th man, we’ve been missing a lot of players this year and we’ve been missing the fans. You put the two together, some players coming back and the fans, we’re hoping that’s going to be the ingredients and the missing links to fire us back up that table.
"Football is a game of emotion and it’s lacking that without the fans. You want to hear those cheers, you want to hear them getting behind you. That’s why you grow up dreaming of being a professional footballer, is playing in front of full stadiums.
"We’ve desperately missed them, we desperately need them and we’ve just got to make sure we go out, work our socks off and play with real heart and determination.
"We’ve got to win the hearts and minds of them and give them something to cheer."
It will be the first time since becoming Southend boss back in August that Molesley will feel the atmosphere that the fans can generate inside Roots Hall.
He added: "The club itself needed no introduction. It’s got a rich history, a great fanbase and we really want to bring the good times back to this football club.
"It’s been a tough start but if we can marry the two up, of getting our players back and our fans back, I think it could be a great combination to really provide that missing link that we’ve been lacking."