Date: 23rd September 2015 at 12:48pm
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Phil Brown has confirmed to the Echo, which always gets the news before the Official Website has the chance meaning it may as well be this, that Dave Robertson has been installed as the new U21 boss of Southend.

Southend lost Dale Brooks recently, having only been appointed into the role in the summer, due to personal reasons and Brown, who was disappointed to lose him, said his successor would be named when the right person was identified.

Robertson is this man!

Having been sacked by Peterborough recently, stepping up last season when Darren Ferguson was sacked initially as caretaker and then appointed on a full time basis, Robertson was viewed as ‘the outstanding candidate’ for the U21 vacancy at Roots Hall with Brown saying.

‘We carried out the interviewing process and Dave was the outstanding candidate. He worked with the youth team at Peterborough for quite some time and said he had the experience of doing what Ricky Duncan does here for 10 or 11 years.

‘He’s also had six months doing my job so he brings us a lot and he seems to have got the group motivated too.

‘I’m sure he will prove to be an outstanding replacement for Dale Brooks who had to leave us.’

Kevin Maher was being linked with the job but the former Southend midfielder missed out on this occasion, however Brown isn’t ruling out Maher getting a role in the future as he ‘would certainly love to get Kevin on board at that stage.’

On the topic of ‘involvement’ Brown also told the Echo he hopes to have injured trio John White, Ben Coker and Noel Hunt back for the League 1 meeting with Scunthorpe on Saturday.

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