SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown feels fans should always be allowed to vent their frustrations.

Angry Shrimpers supporters will hold a protest before tomorrow’s clash with Newport County at Roots Hall.

And Brown feels fans are entitled to air their views.

"I’m proud to be an ex supporter who stood on the terraces myself," said Brown.

"I’m so pleased, not with an active demonstration, but a demonstration that stands up to the billionaires in football.

“Football supporters have always and will always have a voice, whether that’s voiced in the right direction or a wrong one,”

“It’s great when it’s a song from the terraces in support of your team but it’s also great when it rears its ugly head if you like in terms of postponing one of the biggest games in English football.

“The owners have to understand this, even the likes of Ron Martin, because people are doing it for the right reasons and they want to show the clubs they’re not going away.

"They're saying 'we will still support you but if you can’t listen to us at a game at the moment you will listen to us outside it in a friendly demonstration.'

"The point is all about running a team and a club to the best of their ability with input from those supporters themselves."