FORMER Southend United goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan is desperate for the biggest save in the club’s history to be completed.

The consortium headed up by Justin Rees are close to officially taking charge of the Shrimpers after months of extreme uncertainty surrounding the club’s future.

And Flahavan cannot wait to see Blues in safe hands.

“It’s been so sad and such a shame to see for a while now,” said Flahavan.

“Coming into the club a long time ago we worked so hard to build them up and get into the Championship.

“To see it drop the way it has hit all of us hard.

“You just hope the people coming into the club can save it and can get it back to where it belongs.

“We’re all hoping something can happen and it’s great Kevin Maher is there.

“I know all the staff behind the scenes work so incredibly hard but they need help off the pitch.”

Lawyers are continuing to make their final checks after the consortium agreed terms with the Martin family.

And Flahavan hopes to see the Shrimpers getting back on track.

“I don’t know all the legalities but from a former player and someone who has a attachment to the club I just hope whoever is there can see sense and pass it on so it’s in a position where it’s safe,” said Flahavan.

“The fans, the players and staff deserve a stable club who can kick on and progress to get back to their rightful place. “

Flahavan, who made 351 appearances for Blues, is now goalkeeping coach at Championship club Plymouth Argyle.

And he believes the Shrimpers could learn lessons from the Pilgrims.

“I know Plymouth had their problems a few years ago but now they work to a budget,” said Flahavan.

“They know if they can’t afford something they won’t pursue it.

“ It’s a sensible way of doing it because you do see a lot of clubs having financial issues nowadays unfortunately.

“This club won’t let that happen so you have to be smart and shrewd.

“It’s an example Southend can follow and it’s a definitely a model they can look at and emulate.”