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Southend asks Chesterfield for permission to speak to James Rowe about manager vacancy at Roots Hall

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Southend asks fellow National League club Chesterfield for permission to speak to boss James Rowe about manager vacancy at Roots Hall

  • Southend has asked Chesterfield for permission to speak with James Rowe
  • The Shrimpers sack Phil Brown on Saturday after a 4-0 loss to Chesterfield
  • Rowe has taken the Derbyshire club to 4th place in the National League so far this season
  • Southend left the Football League in May for the first time in 101 years











Southend United have formally requested permission to speak with Chesterfield boss James Rowe about the leadership vacancy at Roots Hall.

The National League fighters, who retired from the Football League in May for the first time in 101 years, sacked Phil Brown and his assistant Craig Fagan on Saturday after a 4-0 defeat to Chesterfield left them fourth from bottom.

Rowe has changed the fortunes of the Derbyshire club since leaving Gloucester City 11 months ago. He left Gloucester undefeated at the top of the National League North and took Chesterfield out of the relegation zone and into the playoffs last season.

Southend has asked Chesterfield to talk to James Rowe (above) about their role as manager

National League fighters fired longtime boss Phil Brown (above) over the weekend

National League fighters fired longtime boss Phil Brown (above) over the weekend

They are currently in fourth place after losing just one of their 11 games this season.

Southend hopes Rowe can do a similar job for them, as he struggled in the fifth tier, and formally went to Chesterfield on Tuesday night to seek permission to hold talks with the 38-year-old.

Rowe has built a reputation as a manager who can get results by playing good football, and has a win ratio of 35 wins in 57 games over the past calendar year.

While he would be working with a bigger budget at Southend, it is clear that the terms of the deal still need to be right if he wants to swap a team bid for promotion for a team on the other side of the table.

Southend retired from the Football League in May for the first time in 101 years

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