Brown focused on Southend

Phil Brown. Picture: Barry Zee
Phil Brown. Picture: Barry Zee
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Phil Brown has downplayed being linked with the Fratton Park post.

The 55-year-old previously applied for the Pompey job before Richie Barker was appointed in December 2013.

Tonight he steered his Southend side to a 2-0 win over Newport County to occupy fifth in League Two.

But afterwards he insisted he was concentrating on the Shrimpers rather than commenting on speculation.

He told the Southend Echo: ‘I’ve got a massive job to do here.

‘We’ve got a minimum of four games to go and the task is to get promoted.

‘That’s what I came here to do and my focus is purely on that.

‘We want to get in the top three, but if it’s the play-offs then we will focus on that and I certainly will be too.’