Southend have relieved assistant manager Paul Brush of his duties in a bid to bring fresh ideas to the club.

Manager Steve Tilson has escaped any blame, earning praise from chairman Ron Martin, but Brush has left Roots Hall with well over 12 months remaining on his contract.

A statement from Martin read: "It is urgent that we change things. Steve Tilson has attributes I wish to persevere with, but at this time we need to bring new energy, a fresh outlook, momentum and most importantly a positive approach to the on-field activities."

The statement continued: "The position has been discussed with Steve Tilson who will need to find a permanent replacement or may opt for someone to adopt an interim role until the right individual can be identified.

The Shrimpers are on a dismal run of form that has sent them drop into the relegation zone and after Saturday's defeat at Hartlepool they remain winless in 2010.

"This decision has been made to secure the best interests of the club and personally wish to thank Paul Brush for his contribution over the years," the statement added.

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