Legends & Managers

Following yesterdays news of the resignation of Kevin Bond as Southend United manager, the attention now steers towards who will replace him.

Southend have currently lost 8 out of their 9 professional games this season with the first 6 league one games seeing no rewards for their efforts. We are now the only league team in the four tiers not to have gained a point and have also managed to break our club record for the worse start to a season ….. ever.

So looking around all the Blues related websites, forums and social media feeds, the frenzied discussions have now started to heat up as to who will replace Kevin Bond. As always, us merry fans always have a strong opinion about who should and who should not come in as manager. Who ever Ron Martin decides to come in and take over, this really is going to be an very important choice and make or break the club as it stands with it’s league one status. The players also need to take a good look at themselves because the manager alone cannot take the full brunt of blame with many fans now starting to vent their frustration at many in the team and also the coaching staff, who as yet, still seem to be holding on to their positions in the camp.

At the time of posting, the bookies favourite to take the No.1 seat in the dugout is Adam Barratt at 5/4 (Skybet). Aged 39, Barrett made 735 professional appearance, of which 354 were at Southend United while he also played for AFC Wimbledon, Plymouth, Gillingham, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace during his career. Adam moved to Millwall as first team development coach in the early part of 2017 and his drive for football is without question. He is a firm favourite for many fans, however some would question it being too early for a first team manager role, and others would also argue it could end up like the position the club were in last year when another club legend, Chris Powell, was sacked following a run of poor form. Some fans would not want to tarnish Adam’s legendary status with the club. Other sections of the fan base would say he would be the right man for the job with his pedigree within Roots Hall and love for the club. This was also endorsed on social media this week by former Blues left back Ben Coker who claimed that somebody like Barrett could come in and change the whole mentality of the club.

Second on the ladder of Skybet’s odds is Phil Parkinson at 11/4. Parkinson was formally at troubled Bolton Wanderers until he resigned in August 2019. Steve Parkin (assistant) also resigned at the same time. At the time of their resignation a Bolton statement said “During what has been one of the most challenging periods in the club’s existence, both Phil and Steve conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism and dignity throughout. They leave the University of Bolton Stadium with their heads held high.”

Parkinson, 51, joined the club in the summer of 2016 succeeding Neil Lennon, and oversaw promotion from league one in his first season taking charge of 156 matches. He also kept Bolton in the championship for 2 years despite the problems at the club, and many said he was the foundation that kepted the club afloat during their torrid spell.

Which ever way you look at it, Ron Martin has some tough call’s to make this week. The budget will always be in the back of most fans minds as to who we could actually afford, or how much Ron is willing to pay, but whatever choice he makes, he will without doubt keep the fans on their social media toes this week.

Other names in the bookies odds are:

Chris Powell – 8/1

Sol Campbell – 8/1

Ian Holloway – 10/1

Kevin Nolan – 10/1

Nigel Adkins – 14/1

Steve Lovell – 14/1

Strangely, Steve Evans who recently joined Gillingham is also on the bookies list at 25/1


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