Club legend: One of three possible candidates we think could replace Kevin Bond at Southend United

It finally happened yesterday; Kevin Bond left his post as manager of Southend United.

The Shrimpers have been in freefall this season, on the end of some heavy beatings and looking devoid of ideas. Bond, whose league record is six losses from six matches, took the decision to leave of his own accord.

Bond was a popular figure in terms of his personality, but his early-season actions as manager left fans confused, with no settled side and a complete lack of direction.

Chairman Ron Martin confirmed the departure, saying; “Kevin is a sincere professional coach with huge experience in the industry. His accomplishments in keeping the club in League One last season needs to be acknowledged and will long be remembered by the club’s supporters.

“Unfortunately the euphoria experienced at the end of last season has not translated to the pitch so far this season. However, 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. The search for that individual commences today.”

Bond only replaced struggling Chris Powell in the latter stages of last season, himself picking up the ashes left by Phil Brown’s unexciting period in charge of the club.

The search for a new manager starts now and we’ve picked three candidates we think would be perfect for the job.

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