Favourite for Southend job is ruled out of the race

Phil Parkinson, one of the bookies early favourites to replace Kevin Bond at Southend United, is not a candidate as revealed by the Echo News.

The former Bolton and Bradford City boss had been amongst those thought to be in line for the role, along with the likes of Adam Barrett and Darren Currie, but he’s no longer interested in the job.

Parkinson, who is represented by the same agent as former bosses Chris Powell and Bond, will not be taking over form the latter, who left after six straight defeats at the start of the current season.

Parkinson made his name as manager of Bradford City, taking them to promotion and a League Cup final in 2013. He’s since been in charge of Bolton Wanderers, winning promotion from League One whilst under a transfer embargo.

He was unable to prevent them being relegated last season and has resigned amid the ongoing financial issues the Trotter are experiencing.

Southend are currently only being kept off the bottom of League One by Bolton’s points deduction.

Our View

Is this a blow for Southend? Perhaps. Parkinson is certainly a manager who many would consider to be worthy of a role in League One, but ruling himself out at least saves hapless punters some money at the bookies.

Adam Barrett would seem to be in line for the role, with other candidates including Gareth Ainsworth and Kevin Nolan who would surely not be either considered, nor make the move.

With Lincoln City also looking for a new manager, three clubs will have changed their boss before eight matchdays, an unusually high number even in the current climate.

The Southend job is one that will certainly test whoever comes in.

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