‘Now let’s get the deadwood shifted’ – Plenty of delighted Southend fans react to Kevin Bond managerial appointment

Roots Hall Stadium Pitch from South Upper Credit: Garry Bowden/Galvineyes

Southend have announced Kevin Bond has signed a two-year contract to manage the club after he helped guide them to League One safety.

Bond replaced Chris Powell in April and steered the Shrimpers to League One survival, finally secured in the final game of the season when they beat playoff finalist Sunderland with an eighty-seventh-minute winner from substitute Stephen Humphreys.

Under Bond, Southend only lost two of their last six games and won two out of their final three to stay up. It turned out to be form good enough to get Harry Redknapp’s long-time assistant the position for a further two years.

‘I couldn’t be more pleased,’ said Bond on the club’s official website. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks of the season, although it was a pretty tense experience, and I can’t wait to get started on planning for what we all hope is a bright future for Southend United.’

The news was greeted positively on social media by many Southend supporters who welcomed an early decision and the opportunity for Bond to re-shape a squad that they felt severely underperformed last season.

Even controversial chairman Ron Martin came in for some praise.

Here is a selection of their responses on Twitter.

 

1 Comment

  1. Kevin deserves his chance after working a miracle to keep the Blues up. Good luck mate, we are all behind you

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