Paul Sturrock named as new Southend United manager
Sturrock was relieved of managerial duties at Plymouth in December
Southend United have appointed former Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock as their new manager on a three-year contract.
The 53-year-old Scot, who will be assisted by Salisbury boss Tommy Widdrington, replaces Steve Tilson, who was put on gardening leave on Sunday.
Tilson had been in charge for over six years but lost his job after Southend suffered relegation to League Two.
The Shrimpers are facing a winding-up order at the High Court on 8 July over unpaid tax debts of around £200,000.
"I'm very excited. I appreciate there's a big challenge at the football club and it's a club that's had disappointment," he told BBC Essex.
"But I'm very hopeful we can bring some good players to the football club and start to push it in the right direction."
He added he would use his previous experience at arriving at clubs in difficulty, such as Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon to turn around the Shrimpers' fortunes.
"It's a formula that we've used in the past and I'm not going to change or break the mould," he said.
"We're going to attempt to win football games in the way we've won games in this league in the past and we've got to bring in the personnel that will benefit us in that."
There are certain players making a bee-line for this club as we speak. So we are on the ball as far as that's concerned.
New Southend United manager Paul Sturrock
Sturrock arrives at Roots Hall with a squad of just 10 professionals on Southend's books and is unable to add to that with the club currently under a transfer embargo because of delays in paying players' wages.
He admits he is "a little light of players" but says he has received assurances from chairman Ron Martin that the embargo should be lifted "very quickly".
"We've had a discussion about the timeframe for this embargo and I'm comfortable with what's been mentioned," he said.
"The important thing for me is I've got to put a lot of people on standby and have the gift of the gab to persuade certain players to come to this club in the circumstances and situation we're in at the minute.
"There are certain players making a bee-line for this club as we speak. So we are on the ball as far as that's concerned.
"We cant afford to be too long with this for the simple reason that everyone else is chasing the players I'm chasing, so it's very important we get that done as soon as possible."
He also revealed both he and Widdrington had yet to sign a contract, but would do so "in the next two to three days".
"The time frame has been very, very quick, so Tommy and I have discussed our terms and have come to an agreement," he said.
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