Southend United have appointed former Tottenham and QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond as their manager until the end of the season as they bid to beat the drop to League Two.
Bond, sixty-one, has previously had a close professional relationship with Harry Redknapp, having worked under him at Portsmouth, Southampton and Birmingham, who dismissed the pair in September 2017.
A winless eleven game run saw the Shrimpers sack Chris Powell last week and they currently sit above the League One relegation zone on goal difference.
Bond’s only previous stint as manager was at Bournemouth between 2006-08 and Southend fans are far from overjoyed at the appointment. Here is a selection of responses to the news on Twitter.
Very, very underwhelmed
— Geoff Green (@Gdjg72) April 2, 2019
I can’t believe this news! Survival is crucial and he’s got no experience whatsoever, terrible appointment
— Luke Mayes (@lukemayes8) April 2, 2019
— Kyle Williams (@Lazyjam) April 2, 2019
We enter the bond-age.
— MC Geoffrey Pinkleton (@izzysdad22) April 2, 2019
Has he ever managed? Always been a no 2 from memory? Hardly an inspiring appointment is it? Good old Uncle Ron, probably the cheaper option of the 30+ managers that applied!! #Joke
— James Andrews (@1970jaya) April 2, 2019
That's it. I'm done with @SUFCRootsHall – Ron was supposedly inundated with applications, and THIS was the best appointment available? Ricky Duncan / Maher would have been better. Don't understand this at all.
— Mi5terL33 (@Mi5terL33) April 2, 2019
You might as well announce relegation whilst your at it.
— Ryan Anthony Stubbs (@RyanStubbs_) April 2, 2019
April Fools was yesterday ?
— James Manktelow (@JamesManktelow) April 2, 2019