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Former Southend United manager Steve Tilson saddened by current plight of club
SOUTHEND United legend Steve Tilson has admitted he is saddened by the current plight of the Shrimpers.
Tilson led the club to two successive promotions and in to the Championship during his seven years in charge before financial problems hindered that progress.
And the former Blues midfielder believes it will be hard for the current Southend side to work their way out of League Two this season, as long as they remain under a transfer embargo.
“We were under a few embargoes when I was there as well and it’s makes things very tough indeed,” said the 47-year-old.
“I’ve read that Phil Brown has said he would ideally like to bring in two of three players and when you’re up against other teams who are doing that when they want it does make it difficult.
“But the club would’ve known this was the punishment for not paying whatever bill is outstanding and they’re not really helping the manager with that.
“I just think it’s a real shame as well because Southend would do very, very well to make the play-offs this season and it shouldn’t be like that.
“They’re a great club with great fans and it saddens me to think what’s happened after the great success we achieved, especially as I grew up supporting them myself.”
Tilson put together one of the best teams in Blues’ history with the likes of Adam Barrett, Kevin Maher, Darryl Flahavan, Freddy Eastwood and Mark Gower all playing a vital part in the club’s double promotions.
And Tilson feels the affinity that side had with the supporters is no longer in existence.
“When I was there we had a team of players who were there for quite a few years and I think we were a real family club who made the fans really feel a part of things,” said Tilson.
“It was led by Adam who was a local lad himself and then we also had Kev who was there for 10 years, Flavs, Gower, Mark Bentley, plus Freddy and the fans really got to know them all.
“We were really in it together and, after seeing a couple of games recently, I just don’t think that’s the same anymore.
“If the club want to move forward again then they need to do all they can to help the manager and with an embargo in place that clearly isn’t the case.”