SOUTHEND United have announced the appointment of John Still as the club’s head of football.

Still managed more 2,000 matches during his career which saw him win the National League title three times.

The 71-year-old is also known for his talent spotting skills in the lower levels of non-league, with players that he has signed being developed and going on to play higher up the football pyramid.

Still brings with him to Blues a network of scouts who will scour all levels of the game.

Tom Lawrence, the Shrimpers chief executive, said: "The addition of John Still completes the restructure of the football department.

"John has extensive knowledge and he is well equipped to help Kevin and the Coaching team bring success to the club.

"I am delighted to be able to welcome John to the team.”

Still added: "Kevin Maher feels that my knowledge and experience will be an asset for him, and I just couldn’t say no.

"As far as I’m concerned, everything that I know and I believe in will be made available to Kevin and his coaching team."