By CHRIS DUNLAVY
FOR the players of Southend United, pre-season will not be pleasant.
“I’m planning six weeks of what I call organised pain,” says manager Phil Brown, who has been tasked with hauling Southend out of the National League barely a decade after keeping Hull City in the Premier League.
“But it’s essential, because these players have to get used to going through barriers. Physical barriers. Psychological barriers.
“We’ll be seen as a big scalp in this division, so we’ve got to play like one. Everyone else will be classing it as a big game, and if we don’t have the same mentalit...
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