Sturrock seeks new challenge

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Paul Sturrock has revealed he was not surprised to be sacked as Southend manager on Sunday.

Yesterday Southend announced Phil Brown’s appointment as the new manager.

Sturrock, who will return to lead the side out at Wembley for their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Crewe said: “My contract was up at the end of the season and I had thoughts of moving on anyway. I wasn’t surprised.

“I’ve been at for Southend three years and enjoyed every minute but sometimes you get a bit stale and have to move on. I’m hoping for a new challenge.”

New boss Brown has joined the League Two club after previous spells in charge of Derby, Hull and Preston

Brown told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity and it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.

“We’ve got seven league games before the end of the season, hopefully we can put a winning run together and give ourselves a chance of reaching the play-offs.”

Brown won promotion to the Premier League with Hull in 2008 but has been out of work since December 2011 following relegations with the Tigers in 2010 and Preston the following year.