Following a dismal start to their League One campaign, Kevin Bond took the decision to resign from his role as manager after a run of six games that yielded a return of zero points, with the Southend United conceding a whopping 17 goals and scoring just four in their favour.
The Essex based club will now be looking for a replacement to oversee a quick turnaround in their fortunes and will no doubt be hoping to announce an appointment at the earliest opportunity.
Let’s take a look at THREE potential managerial replacements who could fill the Roots Hall hotseat…
The former Bolton and Bradford manager is one of the best coaches available at League One level, with the former Wanderers boss having guided Bradford City to both promotion to League One and the 2013 League Cup Final, whilst also leading Bolton to promotion back to the Championship, despite their well documented financial issues.
With the 51-year-old currently out of a job, he is likely to be a wanted man for many teams in the division, particularly with the Lincoln City job now being available after the departure of Danny Cowley to Huddersfield. However, Southend may prove to be an interesting proposition for the ex-Colchester boss.
Despite doing a brilliant job at League Two Macclesfield Town, Sol Campbell left his post as manager of the Moss Rose club after less than a year in charge, with off-field financial issues at the club perhaps behind his decision to leave the club he had helped survive the threat of relegation into the conference the previous season.
It was that run to Macclesfield securing their League Two place that earned the largely inexperienced Campbell so many plaudits last term, with the club only suffering four defeats in their last 15 league games.
Maybe the ex-Arsenal and England player could be the man to reinvigorate Southend’s season?
Last but not least, is ex-AFC Wimbledon and current Notts County boss Neal Ardley, who is best known for his spell at Wimbledon.
He lead the Dons to an unlikely promotion from League Two via the play-offs in the 2015/2016 season, going on to then consolidate the club’s position in League One over the course of two-and-a-half seasons before leaving the club midway through last season, after more than six years in charge.
Ardley has endured a tough time during his tenure at Notts County, with the club suffering relegation to the Vanarama National League for the first time in their history last term.
The former Dons boss may be tempted to move back down south to be closer to his family and to a club which has less financial constraints than his current employers.