SOUTHEND United fans have backed the dismissal of Phil Brown but insist it will not ‘placate their anger’.

An Echosport poll, which has already attracted more than 1,300 votes, has 81 per cent of supporters agreeing with Ron Martin’s decision to part company with Brown.

However fans remain rightfully angry with the running with the club, including Andy Moorhouse.

“Phil Brown had to go after that but the mood of the crowd showed that far more needs to change,” said Moorhouse.

“If Ron thinks that will placate things for a while he is completely wrong.

“The only highlight today was the reaction of the Chesterfield fans which was nice to see.”

The visiting supporters joined in with chants for Martin to quit the club and also held up ‘Martin Out’ banner which was passed to them by Shrimpers supporters during the latter stages of the second half.

Brown was dismissed as manager, along with his assistant Craig Fagan, shortly after the 4-0 defeat came to an end.

And Greg Griffiths felt it was another low for Blues.

“It’s an all-time low,” said the Shrimpers fan.

“At least Ron has taken action but the departures of Brown and Fagan have to be just the start.

“We are rotten to the core and it has to end this evening.

“Tomorrow morning has to be the beginning of a new era.”

Southend fans halted play during the second half to protest against Martin.

And Richard Ledicott believes Blues’ problems are far deeper than who sits in the dug-out.

“It was a truly dreadful performance in every department and Phil had to be sacked by the problem is far greater than just a manager,” said Ledicott.

“Whoever comes in is going to have a hell of a job to turn this club around.

Tom Livermore echoed those sentiments and believes the Shrimpers will not improve until a change in ownership.

“I just don’t see how any new coach would want to walk in to that atmosphere,” said Livermore.

“It’s impossible to see how the club can turn the corner without a takeover.”

Blues, who have suffered back to back relegations, are now 20th in the National League.

And long-term fan Stephen Smith ended up leaving a match early for the first time ever.

“In 60 odd years of support I have never left a match early until today,” said Smith.

“Two reasons, the clueless awful football and the nasty protest done at the wrong time and featured frightening children and abusing fans in the East Stand who didn’t agree with the protest.”