Southend United Football Club are delighted to announce that Phil Brown has agreed a contract to remain as Blues manager.
Brown returned to the club for the final six games of the 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two season and led Blues to two wins, three draws and one defeat in that time.
Chairman Ron Martin met Brown in North Oxford on Sunday and they agreed terms, with formalities expected to be complete from both sides in the morning, to swiftly begin preparations ahead of the Vanarama National League 2021/22 campaign.
Brown said: "Uncertainty is a big word in the game of football. To kill any uncertainty, to give clarity to everybody and show people which direction we are going in at this early stage is key.
"Everything has been agreed in principle and I’m a man of my honour, and I’m sure the Chairman is too. As far as we’re concerned, we’ll go forward together.
"We need to move things on quickly and relegation is never a nice feeling.
"I took the six games to back myself and probably in hindsight it was maybe two games short, but that’s life. I accepted the six games because I wanted to prove to the Chairman that I can motivate a group of players and win games of football and I was delighted to get my 100th win as Southend United manager. That was a very proud moment for me.
"With that in mind, I hope it doesn’t finish there.
"I’ve signed a two-year deal which is geared towards promotion and then it becomes a third year automatically, which I shook hands on and I’m going to back myself to do.
"Hopefully I can get to 200 wins in that short space of time, and if that’s the case then certainly promotion is on the cards, if not back-to-back promotions. Let’s take one step at a time."
Brown was previously Blues boss for five years, succeeding Paul Sturrock in 2013, and achieved promotion to League One in 2015 via a dramatic play-off final penalty shoot-out win at Wembley Stadium.
Prior to that he led Hull City to the Premier League for the first time in the Tigers’ history, once again in the play-offs, before retaining Hull’s status in the top-flight the following season.
The former Hartlepool, Halifax, Bolton and Blackpool defender has also managed Derby County, Preston North End, Swindon Town before a move to the Indian Super League with Pune City in 2018.
And Brown has begun discussions with players this week, which the club will update supporters on in due course.
"We’ve got a squad to build,” he added. "I’ve had 20 individual conversations in the last two days and I’ve got another 10 tomorrow with players who are staying, players who are going, players who will be offered deals, players who are already existing under contract who I want at the football club and players I don’t want at the football club.
"All of them conversations have been ongoing in the last couple of days, and in the background I’ve been trying to do my own deal.
"These things can take time, we want everything to be spot on and I’m happy with what I’ve agreed and I’m happy with how the Chairman wants to take the club forward.
"I think he’s had enough of losing, he’s had enough of back-to-back relegations and quite simply he wants to get it back to where it was when I left. That would be a great achievement if we could do that in the space of two or three years, so that’s the challenge for us."