League One Southend United have sacked manager Chris Powell after a run of eleven straight defeats that has seen The Shrimpers drop to 20th in the League One table and only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
Announcing the news in a statement on their official website on Tuesday morning, the club said: “It is with much regret that the Club has this morning terminated Chris Powell’s contract.
“The results over a number of weeks, eleven games without a win, has impacted all concerned and immediate changes needed to be made.”
The club also confirmed that Head of Academy Ricky Duncan would take temporary charge of the first team.
Powell, who played for the club for almost six years between 1990 and 1996, took over as manager at Roots Hall in January 2018, guiding the club away from the relegation zone to a tenth place finish in the League One table.
Following the announcement, a number of Southend fans took to Twitter to react to the news, where many fans expressed disappointment for Powell, but felt that the time was right from a football viewpoint:
Gutted for Chris on a personal level, the bloke is a real gent and a legend as a player for the club but this has been long overdue. We were in a downward spiral under his management with no signs of things getting any better.
— Ryan Anthony Stubbs (@RyanStubbs_) March 26, 2019
Right decision, a real shame it hasn’t worked out. Doesn’t change the fact that he was a quality player for us though. Wish him all the best ????
— Louis Ellison (@Louis_Ellison_) March 26, 2019
Loved Chris Powell as a player, but this does feel like the right decision, yes he's been unlucky with injuries, but the way we've been playing & strange set up and tactics have been unacceptable. Need to get replacement decision right first time
— Lee Whittick (@shrimperlee) March 26, 2019
Guess the right decision, maybe too late, but gutted for CP, will always be a club legend on and off the pitch.
— Jonathan Humphrey (@shrimperjon) March 26, 2019
Wish him all the best in the future, just a shame injuries plagued our season from early and didn’t deserve to turn as toxic as it did but nothing but respect for Chrissy Powell ????
— Kevin Lowe (@kevinlowe12345) March 26, 2019
Others however were more immediately concerned with the club’s prospects of League One survival:
— MC Geoffrey Pinkleton (@izzysdad22) March 26, 2019
Ron’s timing is probably about right with games vs Shrewsbury, Fleetwood, Wycombe and Walsall coming up surely we have a good chance of picking up the points we need to get out of trouble with a fresh approach, given that Powell was clearly shot for ideas and motivation.
— Mike Jolly (@djmikejolly) March 26, 2019
We are staying up say we are staying up
— George Rudman (@GRudman94) March 26, 2019
Shame, hoped it would work out. Thanks Chris, still a legend from your playing days
— Peter Goodwin (@petergoodwin92) March 26, 2019