Phil Brown refuses to rule out taking charge of Southend United at Wembley

Last Updated: 26/03/13 5:53pm

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Southend United manager Phil Brown has refused to rule out taking charge of his new club at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on April 7.

Shrimpers chairman Ron Martin had said sacked former boss Paul Sturrock would be allowed to return to lead the team out against Crewe Alexandra at Wembley, but Brown revealed talks have taken place since that decision was made.

Asked who would be in charge for the final, he told Sky Sports News: "I can't answer that question at the moment.

"I went round to see Paul and talk to him at length about it and, hopefully, we will come to the right decision, as we have a couple of important games this weekend and we have to put our best foot forward.

"To be brutally honest, it is a private conversation that myself, the chairman and Paul have had and we will announce whatever the result of that conversation is after this weekend."

Brown was appointed until the end of the 2014/15 season on Monday, following Sturrock's dismissal on Sunday.

He will take charge of his first game against Bradford City on Friday, before welcoming Fleetwood Town to Roots Hall on Easter Monday.

Sturrock had revealed he would then return to the club to train the team in the build-up to the final, but Brown has now cast doubt on that plan.

He said: "We need to bring our best game to the table to try and win those games [against Bradford and Fleetwood] and try and keep our play-off hopes alive, and then we maybe turn our attention to Wembley.

"But at the moment there are conversations to be had still and we will see where that takes us.

"It is something that is between myself and Paul and, hopefully, by the end of the weekend, we will get past Fleetwood and we will talk to you again."

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