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Southend place Phil Brown on gardening leave

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Southend United have placed manager Phil Brown on gardening leave while the two parties agree a settlement.

Brown took over in March 2013 and led Southend to promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2015. A club statement said "this season, to date, has been a disap­po­in­tment", with seven defeats suffered in their past eight League One matches.

Assistant manager Graham Coughlan and football co-ordinator Brian Horton have had their contracts terminated.

The statement added that the club has "identified a principal target and subject to securing his services will be tasked with replacing the management team without delay".

"Recent performances have been unacceptable and in the board's view the lack of discipline, Nile Ranger a case in point, has only served to compound the position.

"The club's success as we enter a new era is paramount and we shall adopt a zero tolerance in our efforts to achieve this objective."

JC

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