‘Rotten to the core’ – These Southend fans express their anger at latest news

Southend United have blinked first in their battle against relegation out of the Football League, sacking manager Mark Molesley with six games to go.

Molesley, who only signed a three-year contract with the club in August to replace Sol Campbell, has been swiftly replaced by Phil Brown, himself sacked by Southend in 2018 after five years at the club.

Their statement read“The club last night terminated the contract of manager Mark Molesley, together with the majority of his backroom staff. We wish to thank Mark for the commitment throughout his tenure. The Board recognise the management team worked tirelessly. However, whilst considerable further support was afforded during the January window, results on the pitch remained, unfortunately, inconsistent.

“Phil Brown, who previously managed the club between 2013 and 2018, will take charge with immediate effect.”

The news has come as a shock to many Southend fans, who have endured a torrid time over the last couple of years. They were comfortably the worst team in League One last season, only avoiding finishing bottom due to Bolton’s points deduction. There was some hope that they might at least stabilise in League Two, but instead have become embroiled in a relegation battle.

The Shrimpers are currently five points from safety and are just two points clear of bottom club Grimsby Town who have a game in hand. It does look to be a three-horse race at the foot of the table, with Colchester United in 22nd, one point behind Barrow having played two matches more.

The situation points to a nervous run-in for Southend, with Brown seemingly set the impossible task of keeping them up despite barely knowing the squad. It is also fair to say reaction on social media has been fairly unanimous, but sadly for fans who have endured so much, it is not much of a great shock.

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