‘Really sad its ended this way’ – Southend fans react to Powell sacking

In the week after he received the full backing of chairman Ron Martin, Chris Powell has been sacked by Southend United.

As the pressure builds in the tightest relegation battle in League One for many years, with thirteen clubs not yet safe from the drop, Powell becomes the second managerial casualty of the week after the dismissal of Stuart McCall at fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United on Sunday.

The Shrimpers have been on a dreadful run of form which has seen them without a win in eleven games and slump to twentieth in the League One table just above the drop zone on goal difference. They have taken only four points from the last thirty-three on offer and were beaten 2-0 at Peterborough on Saturday.

After achieving legendary status as a player at Roots Hall, where he made two hundred and ninety appearances in all competitions between 1990 and 1996, Powell took over as manager in January 2018 and won 24 of his 66 games at the helm.

A statement on the club’s official website said: ‘It is with regret that the club has this morning terminated Chris Powell’s contract.’

‘The results over a number of weeks, 11 games without a win, has impacted all concerned and immediate changes needed to be made.’

‘The club’s interests are paramount, but the board are nevertheless disappointed to see Chris Powell leave.’

‘Head of the club’s highly successful academy, Ricky Duncan, will take temporary charge of the first team squad.’

Southend United fans soon took to Twitter to react to the news with many saddened over the dismissal of a club legend but at the same time in agreement with the board that the decision was probably the right one to take. Here is a selection of their responses.

 

 

 

 

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