NEWCASTLE United midfielder Isaac Hayden has backed Ricky Duncan’s appointment as Southend United’s director of football.

Hayden worked closely with Duncan during his own spell with the Shrimpers in his youth.

And the 26-year-old feels Duncan’s promotion will be a big boost to Blues as they bid to bounce back from two successive relegations. 

“Huge move in the right direction for the football club, a proper football man, Southend through and through,” tweeted Hayden.

“Wish Ricky all the best. Hope to see you back in League football as soon as possible.”