SACKED STURROCK GAVE BROWN
FORMER Southend boss Paul Sturrock says he gave successor Phil Brown a thorough run-down of his squad to help him win today – despite being unceremoniously sacked by the club two weeks ago.
Sturrock, 56, guided Southend to the Wembley final by seeing off League One high-fliers Brentford and Leyton Orient.
But in spite of the cup success and Southend sitting just below the play-off places, the ex-Plymouth manager was given the boot by chairman Ron Martin two weeks ago. A statement blamed his side’s inability to beat teams lower down League Two for his dismissal.
Sturrock admits the timing of the announcement was a shock, not just because his side were heading for a cup final but because he believes he could have steered the club back to Wembley in May for the play-off final.
For now, after turning down the chance to manage the club against Crewe at the request of Martin, he’ll watch the game among the Shrimpers fans.
“I had three fantastic years there, we built a fantastic squad and I’ll be wishing them all the best for the final,” said Sturrock.
“I’m travelling down on a supporters’ bus and I’ll be sitting in amongst the fans at Wembley.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever sat with the crowd at a game, but I’m hoping it will be a good way to finish my time at the club.
“The timing of the sacking was a shock, but the chairman obviously fancied the freshness of a new manager.
“We spoke on the Sunday and then again last Thursday with Phil as well to thrash out the final situation.
“I had a discussion with him, the chairman had made the decision that I would take the team, and I do feel for the fans and the players given what’s gone on.
“I felt it was appropriate to make
HELPFUL: Ex-boss Paul Sturrock