Southend manager Steve Tilson bemoaned the worst day of his managerial career as Southend`s relegation from League One was confirmed with a 2-2 draw at Oldham.
Tilson took the reins at Roots Hall when they were in League Two and secured back-to-back promotions, but the Shrimpers will return to the bottom tier after failing to beat the Latics.
"What has happened off the field has not helped and it is going to be a challenge to bring in players for next season," said Tilson.
"We know from experience that League Two is not easy but the fans understand what has been going on and we owe it to them to bounce back. It is bitterly disappointing and when you look at this side compared to our side in the Championship it is way off.
"It is nowhere near as good but things have gone against us and we just have to keep going. This season will probably make me a better manager and we have two games left to give it everything we have.
"I want us to win our last home game and we have shown a lot of character to pick up a point today, especially with 10 men."
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