AFC Fylde head coach's praise for Southend United's squad and staff
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The National League docked Southend 10 points in August, having failed to pay off an outstanding HMRC debt before a High Court appearance.
They would be sixth in the table but for that deduction: instead, they have until October 4 to pay off their debts to HMRC or risk being wound up.
Murray told The Gazette: “What they have done is credit to the players and staff.
“They have used it to create something like a siege mentality where it’s us against the world.
“I’ve been in situations like that where it can give you momentum and, if it does, it’s a real power.”
As for the Coasters, Murray hopes it won’t be long before he stops hearing the worst kind of praise.
Seven defeats in 10 games is a sobering statistic on the club’s return to non-league’s top flight but, at the same time, Murray has had other clubs praising him for their performances.
“It’s such a weird feeling because it’s nice to hear but I’m fed up of hearing it,” he said.
“Other managers, preparing to play a team we’ve played, have watched that game and said ‘you’re so unlucky, what a good team you are, you’ll have no problems’ but it’s very frustrating.”