Four names in the frame to replace Kevin Bond at Southend Unitedby Jack Kitson / 09 September 2019, 14:36Tweet
Southend United are on the hunt for their fourth permanent manager in less than two years following Kevin Bond’s resignation last Friday.
In truth, his departure surprised few, with the pointless Shrimpers enduring a six-game losing start to the new campaign - the club’s worst start in their 113-year history.
“I remain confident that the players we have at Southend United, including the strong signings made by Kevin Bond, will enable a successful season under the guidance of a new manager," revealed the club’s chairman Ron Martin, and now the dust has settled over the weekend, we take the opportunity look at how the contenders are shaping up in the next Southend manager market…
Get used to this. For as long as he’s available Phil Parkinson is going to be hotly linked with virtually every League One and Two vacancy going, and possibly a few Championship posts too.
The former Bolton boss is currently the 2/1 frontrunner to replace Bond at Southend, and given his experience and success at this level he’d be a real coup for the club, who have yet to register a point this season.
Parkinson has overseen 756 games in management, led Bolton and Colchester into the Championship, and Bradford up into League One while he also took the Bantams through to the 2013 League Cup Final, and later oversaw a stunning 4-2 win away to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the FA Cup.
A veteran of 647 Football League games, over 300 of which were accumulated in two different spells at Southend. Bond’s departure will no doubt have grabbed the interest of Barrett who is currently Millwall’s first-team coach, a position he’s held since March 2017.
Barrett, who is studying for his UEFA Pro Licence, was linked with a return to Southend as manager back in March (2019), but in the end it was Bond who got the job.
Fast-forward seven months and the 39-year-old once again finds himself in the mix at 11/4, but while he holds legendary status at the Blues, his lack of managerial experience could be a restriction considering the club’s current struggles.
Just under a month ago Sol Campbell became the first manager from the top-four leagues to leave his post this season, after he exited League Two Macclesfield by the good old method of ‘mutual consent’.
In his first job in management Campbell won numerous plaudits for keeping Macclesfield in the Football League but opted to part ways with the club just two games into the current campaign.
The former England defender will no doubt be eager to make a swift return to the dugout and the chance to become a League One manager would be difficult to turn down - he can be backed at 17/2.
Like Barrett, Darren Currie doesn’t have any Football League managerial experience to his name - well unless you count two caretaker games at Dagenham and Redbridge in 2015 - however, he has enjoyed some early success with non-league side Barnet since taking over on a permanent basis at the start of the year.
Barnet stunned Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United in the FA Cup last season - and also held Brentford to a 3-3 draw - and they've since suffered just the one defeat in eight league games this term.
A sudden jump up two divisions would be quite the leap at this early stage of his managerial career, although HITC’s Pete O’Rourke has reported that Southend are reportedly interested in his services, with Currie shooting into the betting at 8/1.