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Phil Brown sacked by Southend United almost 10 years since North End axe

Former Preston North End boss Phil Brown has lost his job as Southend United manager after a 4-0 home thrashing at the hands of Chesterfield.

Southend have been a crisis club for some time now, with fans protesting strongly against owner Ron Martin.

The Shrimpers had lost four games in a row before Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Eastleigh.

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That won Brown a stay of execution, but his exit has now been confirmed this evening. Assistant Craig Fagan – who Brown managed at Hull City – has also left Roots Hall.

The 62-year-old now finds himself out of management and seeking an eighth managerial job.

Preston fans will remember that Brown took the Preston job in January 2011. Coming in for Darren Ferguson, Brown was seen as a strong appointment having impressed at Hull.

Brown couldn’t keep Preston in the Championship though, and the wheels came off very quickly after relegation to League One.

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Brown didn’t even make it a year as Preston boss and lost his job on the 14th of December 2011.

Almost 10 years on, Brown has met the same fate. Southend was Brown’s first job after his Preston exit, and he actually spent nearly five successful years there.

After a stint at Swindon Town, Brown headed to India with Hyderabad FC. Earlier this year, Brown came back to England to try and help save Southend – but it just hasn’t worked.

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