Southend United are not a selling club, says Phil Brown

Phil Brown
Phil Brown is in his second full season in charge at Southend

Southend United boss Phil Brown has said the club's board have insisted he does not need to sell players before transfer deadline day.

The Shrimpers' good form from last season has continued, with just three losses in their last 17 league games.

"Maybe bigger clubs will come in but the board have assured me that we don't necessarily have to sell anybody," Brown told BBC Essex.

"That was the key point from our board meeting: we're not a selling club."

Daniel Bentley
Daniel Bentley kept 20 clean sheets for Southend last season

Brown's side lost in the League Two play-off semi-finals in May but have made a steady start to the new season, taking seven points from four games.

Southend have endured financial struggles for the past four years, having faced seven winding-up petitions in that time.

But Brown believes the summer arrival of defender Cian Bolger from Bolton signalled Southend's intent to become a buying, rather than a selling club.

And he is confident that chairman Ron Martin will not be eager to cash in on highly rated players such as keeper Daniel Bentley and midfielder Conor Clifford before the transfer window closes on Monday.

"If anything we're a buying club. I'm delighted with the attitude and mentality at board level and hopefully that can be played out with success," said the former Hull City boss.

"The quality we produced last year means one or two better clubs are coming to watch us play.

"Premier League and Championship teams are coming to watch us because of the quality we're producing."

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