STAN Collymore has thrown doubt on his future at Southend United.

The former Shrimpers striker had been hoping to be appointed the club’s head of football operations today.

But Collymore has now updated the situation and revealed the club and himself are ‘a distance apart.’

Collymore said: “From day one in this process, CEO and coaching team procured on the back of my input, it's been important for me to have clarity in any role I have as clarity is what makes any job work.

“So a "Head of Football Operations" title plus a clear remit to have roles and responsibilities nailed down to the letter benefits Southend United in what they can be guaranteed to get and me knowing what my roles are.

“The club and I are a distance apart on roles and responsibilities and are a distance apart on renumeration for those roles.

“For me the most important thing is the structure of the club and only the structure in order to avoid any individual having undue influence at the club ever again.

“I want to protect the club at all costs.”

But Collymore added talks would continue with the club.

“As with all negotiations there is a back and forth with compromises on both sides so we'll revisit the situation early next week to see if we can agree a deal,” said the 50-year-old.

“If we can't, we can't, that's just life and certainly nothing to be sad or negative about, a new excellent CEO and three excellent coaches at the club I hope would be added to the 1992/3 survival as proof that I'm always here to help.”

Collymore also added he still be at tomorrow’s game with Dagenham & Redbridge.