Southend United are on the lookout for a new manager after parting company with Chris Powell on Tuesday morning, with the club in dire straits.
The Essex club have been treading in thin ice for a few months now, with a run of 11 league games without a win the inevitable nail in Powell’s coffin at Roots Hall.
The League One relegation fight is the tightest it’s been in a long while this term – with just five points seperating 12th spot from 21st, changes needed to be made, and now the club will look for a successor.
There are likely to be no shortage of candidates applying for the job at Roots Hall, there are some very good players to work with who are more than capable of climbing up the table, compared to other teams in their current situation.
One man who could be eager to get back into management after a short spell out of work is former Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst, and he could be a perfect replacement for Powell at Roots Hall.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why…
He isn’t afraid to ring the changes
Hurst’s time at Ipswich obviously turned sour, and even he’d admit that a job in the Championship probably came too soon for him.
But you’ve got to admire Hurst in some ways – Ipswich were looking to go in a completely different direction to that of when they were managed by Mick McCarthy, and instead of signing experienced, ageing Championship players, he took a risk and signed promising League One and Two players.
This didn’t pay off for him in this case, but something has got to change at Southend to get them out of this rut, and he’d be the perfect man to do so.
He is no stranger to a relegation battle
Hurst took over at Shrewsbury when they, like Southend, were languishing towards the bottom end of the League One table.
The Shropshire club, in fact, sat rock bottom of the table, six points adrift of safety after a 4-2 home defeat to Northampton Town.
But, after getting his players to play the way that he likes to go about things, Salop then finished two points clear of the drop zone in an respectable 18th position, which shows that he is the perfect man to go in and allay any fears of relegation.
He knows no boundaries
What Hurst did at Shrewsbury the following season makes him as popular as he is today.
The 44-year-old, with a full summer transfer window his belt, guided Shrewsbury to the League One play-off final, where they just missed out on a place in the Championship after a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United at Wembley.
Southend are a bigger club than Shrewsbury and are likely to have a bigger budget in the summer, so it makes you wonder what they could achieve with Hurst at the helm if they stay up this season.