Southend United have terminated the contract of Assistant Manager Paul Brush.

Brush has been Tilson's number two for seven years however the Shrimpers currently find themselves in the relegation zone following a 3-0 defeat against Hartlepool United at the weekend - their fourth defeat in a row.

Chairman Ron Martin said in a statement on "Steve Tilson has attributes I wish to preserve but at this time we need to bring new energy, a fresh outlook, momentum and most importantly a positive approach to the on field activities.

"Therefore this morning Paul Brush has been relieved of his management responsibilities. The position has been discussed fully with Steve Tilson who (in his own time) will need to find a permanent replacement or may opt for someone to adopt an interim role until the right individual can be identified.

"I wish to close this statement by saying this decision has been made to secure the best interests of the Club and personally wish to thank Paul Brush for his contribution over the years."

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