NEW Southend United manager Mark Molesley insists he is excited to be taking charge of the Shrimpers.

The 39-year-old, who guided Weymouth to back to back promotions, has signed a three year deal at Roots Hall.

And Molesley cannot wait to get started, alongside his assistant manager Tom Prodomo.

"It’s a really exciting time for me and my assistant manager coming in,” said Molesley.

"It’s a great day for us but it’s also a little bittersweet because I’m leaving two fantastic clubs in Bournemouth and Weymouth.

“But we’re really excited by this challenge at this great football club so I’m proud to be standing here and excited by the challenge.”

Blues will line up in League Two next season following relegation last time around.

But Molesley is determined to turn things around.

"After speaking with the chairman I can see he shares the same vision and work ethic to take this club onwards and upwards,” said Molesley.

"We’ve got to open up some cracks, open up the wounds a little bit and have a look because we really want to build some strong foundations to take the club onwards and upwards.

"Sometimes that takes time but in football you’ve got to have a short-term impact for a long-term gain.”

And Molesley will be doing all he can to get the Shrimpers back on track.

"We’re going to work tirelessly hard for this football club and invest all our time into the process,” said Molesley.

"We’re going to be built on the training ground and time is of the essence.

“We’re itching to get on the training ground and work with this exciting team. It’s a clean slate for everyone."

"I like to think we show energy in everything we do and I like our team to reflect that.

"There’s plenty for us to sink our teeth into, we’re really glad to be here and excited by the challenge."