Former Bolton favourite Phil Brown has been confirmed as the new manager of League Two side Southend United.
Brown has been without a club since being sacked by Preston North End in December 2011. His most recent job was with the BBC, where he would commentate on Wanderers fixtures for Radio Manchester.
The former Hull City manager will take charge of his new side for the first time on Good Friday when the Shrimpers travel to Bradford City. Brown's first home game will see him come up against Fleetwood Town on Easter Monday.
Speaking about his new role, Brown believes a positive run of results in the final weeks of the season could see his new club sneak into an unlikely play-off position.
"I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity here at Southend and it's a challenge I'm really looking forward to," Brown told Southend's official club website.
"We've got seven league games between now and the end of the season. Hopefully we can put a winning run together and give ourselves a chance of reaching the play-offs.
"We've got a few days of training between now and the game against Bradford that will give me a chance to take a look at the players.
"The Easter period is always tough because you play twice in such a short space of time, but it's a good opportunity to pick up six points and get that winning run started."
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