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CLUB UPDATE: RHYS ELLINGHAM PENS AN UPDATE TO SUPPORTERS

1 October 2020

With Saturday’s trip to Crawley fast approaching the club are actively working behind the scenes to strengthen the squad and are close to signing a midfielder, whom Mark and his team have earmarked to make a difference moving forward.

We hope this will be finalised in the coming days; it may be too short notice for the player to be involved on Saturday but nevertheless we expect him to be in a Blues shirt very shortly.

Management Team

Mark’s management team is now complete, and we would like to formally welcome them all to the club, including, Tom Prodomo (Assistant Manager), Joe Prodomo (Goalkeeper Coach), Jamie Wells (First Team Coach), Anton Robinson (Head of Recruitment) and Sam Hall (First Team Analyst).

Success starts with the right people working with the players on a day-to-day basis and the above are already living and breathing this football club.

The standards they set are high and they’re leading by example on and off the pitch. They’re creating the culture needed to move Southend United in the right direction and we have the utmost confidence that they will bring success as we go through this transitional period.

Injuries

With the extended break due to the curtailment of the 2019/20 season and the COVID implications, naturally, players are going to pick up ‘niggles’ here and there when returning to the rigours of training and unfortunately, we have been hit by a number of injuries in our squad to senior players which is slowing down our progression on the pitch.

With a number of players potentially sidelined for the weekend, they are working tirelessly at the training ground to get themselves ready to play a part in the remaining 43 league games.

Recruitment

The transfer window is in full swing and with the COVID situation it is certainly a unique window with a vast pool of players available.

The management team are working around the clock to improve the playing squad at the club, leaving no stone unturned in their recruitment drive, not only looking at the player’s ability but also their attitude and character to ensure that they’re willing to do everything for this football club when they cross the white line on the training pitch and in a game.

Naturally, there is always interest in our players and if any were to leave in this window, we will make sure that we fill the void left with the right player that fits the club’s profile.

Communication

As a club, we have touched upon increasing our communication with the fan base and we have recently signed an exciting contract with Voicesage; an international technology company leading the way in the mobile industry, Voicesage deploy first-class automated messaging solutions which will allow us to communicate with fans on different avenues, mainly mobile.

The system will allow us to keep fans up to date with rich media messaging direct to their mobile phone ensuring that no one misses out on the latest news.

The interactive platform gives fans the ability to leave immediate feedback or comments, giving the club the opportunity to respond to any questions.

We encourage all supporters to update their mobile phone details on the ticketing system, ensuring they do not miss out.

More information will be announced on our partnership with Voicesage in due course.

Focus now turns to our League Two match against Crawley Town on Saturday as we look to kick start our season and we will keep fans updated throughout the week on any news.

Rhys Ellingham 


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