SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown will be ripping up contracts if he stays in charge of the Shrimpers.

Brown will be discussing his future with Blues chairman Ron Martin after coming back for the final six games of the season.

But if Brown agrees to remain at Roots Hall he be making changes to the squad.

"There are some with contracts but just because they have contracts that doesn’t mean I’m going to stay with them," said Brown.

"There are contracts that will be torn up, there will be contracts that will be offered and renewed but only because they’ve got the right character for this challenge.

"There are quite a few I’d like to stay without a shadow of a doubt too but there’s no point in licking our wounds and feeling sorry for ourselves.

"We’ve got to get out there and stand up to it."

And Brown, who saw his side draw 1-1 with Newport County on Saturday, wants to see real determination from the players.

"It’s the strength of character more than anything else," said the 61-year-old.

"We need to show resilience but collectively here we’ve gone toe to toe with a team in the play-offs.

“They only needed a point so that maybe made a difference but we worked hard.

“If I’m in charge I cannot wait to get my teeth into this group of players with pre-season preparations for life in the National League.

“They will know in no uncertain terms exactly how difficult it will be to play for a Phil Brown team.”