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Southend United Chairman Ron Martin has issued the following statement...

23 April 2021

We are all distraught with the outcome of our season.

Maybe my faith and support of Mark Molesley, who is a good person, was misplaced and his position could have been terminated sooner. Mark was seen as a bright young manager and I hope he soon gets back, and succeeds, in management. However, it is worth remembering in choosing a manager that person is not always available at the time we may want them.

That was the case after Kevin Bond departed. At that time I met with Mick McCarthy who was still managing Republic of Ireland but knew this post would come to an end in the following Spring.

We met again when Mick’s management of RoI finished by which time we were relegated. Whilst I would have loved to work with Mick he, on reflection (quite rightly as it turned out), felt an opportunity would arise to manage a club in the Championship. Mick has since proved his credentials, the same credentials I feel is held by Phil Brown. 

There is a lot of speculation on social media and in the press. As is sometimes the case in football the media that circulates is misinformed, often fabricated but then repeated enough is believed by the masses. Including that I was meeting/talking to Stan Collymore today. I never was.

Stan emailed me yesterday morning and my secretary replied, in my absence that afternoon, to advise I would contact Stan today. We have since telephoned and I shall call Stan next week out of courtesy to understand, fully, what he has to say.

For over 20 years I have willingly and steadfastly engaged with supporters, both individually and in Supporter Groups and together we have a great club. This has been a year of despair on the pitch but the future will be great again. I know people want someone to blame, that is human nature. My financial support is being maintained to get us back on track. A "club" is a group of people with a common aim and mine, like the fans, is success on the pitch.

We are all hurting right now, but together we can make a better future for the club and quickly.

The club will make a full statement about its Management, Investment and Future at the end of the season.

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