Phil Brown: Southend manager signs new three-year deal

Phil Brown
Phil Brown guided Southend to the League Two play-offs in 2014 and 2015, winning the final this year

Southend United manager Phil Brown has signed a new three-year contract with the League One club.

The former Hull and Preston boss led the Shrimpers to promotion with a League Two play-off final victory over Wycombe on penalties at Wembley in May.

He has been in charge at Southend since replacing Paul Sturrock in March 2013.

"I've really enjoyed my time at the club and hopefully we can make some more memories together, not just next season but beyond that," he said.external-link

"The fans have been great to me since I joined Southend United. I'll be here next season and we need their support as well, as we'll be taking on some massive clubs for the division - Sheffield United being one of them."

Victory at Wembley ended Southend's five-year stay in the fourth tier, and following that win Brown said he wanted to "have another stab at the Premier League again", having led Hull to the top flight in 2008.

After signing his new contract which keeps him at the club until 2018, he added: "It's been a long process, but I'm really pleased to be staying at Southend United long term."

Brown guided Southend to League One football for the first time since 2010