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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Southend United

8 July 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Southend United

Nickname: 
The Shrimpers

Founded: 
1906

Ground: 
Roots Hall

Capacity: 
12,392

League position last season: 
5th - Sky Bet League Two 

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Barry Corr (16)

Manager: 
Phil Brown - The 56-year-old took over the reigns at Southend United in March 2013 following the sacking of Paul Sturrock.

One of Brown's first game in charge was the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final defeat to Crewe Alexandra, a competition which Sturrock had got the Shrimpers to the final of.

After a playing spell with Hartlepool, Halifax, Bolton and Blackpool, Brown joined Bolton in 1999 as a assistant manager to Sam Allardyce. 

Six years later and a promotion into the Premier League, Brown decided to move into management and took his first job at Derby County.

Brown only spent six months there before receiving his marching orders after only five victories in 33 games.

The former Bolton man then took over at Hull City and guided them into the Premier League in 2008 and kept them in the league in 2009.

Hull's second season in the Premier League did not go to plan and Brown was placed on gardening leave in March 2010 before leaving in June.

He had a spell with Preston North End before moving to Southend, gaining promotion in his second full season in charge courtesy of a play-off victory on penalties against Wycombe Wanderers.

Key player:
Daniel Bentley - The young goalkeeper was instrumental in Southend's promotion last season, earning plaudits for his fine performances.

The 21-year-old has already made 100 appearances in his career and has been linked with moves to the Premier League. 

Bentley broke a club record last season, keeping 12 consecutive home clean sheets as Southend were promoted to League One.

He was voted the best goalkeeper in Sky Bet League Two last season and will hope to continue that form into this season.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have faced Southend United 32 times in all competitions, winning 11 and losing 12.

Latics last faced Southend United in the FA Cup second round in 2011, drawing the game at Roots Hall but winning 1-0 at home. 

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 33/1
Promotion: 9/1
Relegation: 4/1

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