Southend United have endured a torrid start to their League One campaign so far this season, with the Shrimpers yet to register a single point in their favour, having lost all six of their opening league games.
It came as little surprise to many when manager Kevin Bond jumped before he was pushed and resigned from his position three days ago, clearly the 62-year-old knew his days at the club were numbered.
Let’s take a look at THREE reasons why things went wrong for Kevin Bond at Southend …
Lack of EFL experience
Bond only took on the role of manager in April of this year, arriving at Roots Hall with little experience of managing in England, having only managed Bournemouth between 2006 and 2008 during their time in League Two, in which they had to endure a massive points deduction.
Bond was subsequently dismissed from his role at Dean Court, having only picked up 31 wins in 95 games.
Squad has failed to gel
Following the addition of no less than 13 players over the course of this summer’s transfer window, Bond’s signings have so far failed to gel as a unit, with a severe lack of cohesion amongst the players displayed in their recent three-nil home defeat to Rochdale, with the Shrimpers enjoying just 40% possession and mustering only two shots on target.
This could be put down to the fact that Bond signed a mixture of experienced players coming towards the end of their careers, such as Liam Ridgewell, and some younger players who have little or no Football League experience at all.
Lack of a proven goalscorer
Despite Stephen Humphrys scoring the goal to keep them in League One last season, Southend lack a proven goalscorer at League One level, with Humphrys having only played a part in 15 league games for the Shrimpers.
Similarly, fellow front man Brandon Goodship is new to the Football League with the Essex based club having taken a gamble on the youngster after he scored 75 goals in 81 games for non-league Weymouth.
With veteran Simon Cox, plundering 15 goals last term, the onus will again largely fall on his shoulders, however, with Cox having operated largely as a number 10 so far this season, it remains to be seen if he can repeat this feat.