Kevin couldn’t Bond Southend together
Kevin Bond tendered his resignation at Southend on Friday, but the Shrimpers already appear to be on a slippery slide out of League One.
A loyal right-hand man to Harry Redknapp for much of his coaching career, Bond made the step back into management at Roots Halls in April with the simple task of keeping Southend in the third tier.
A final day victory over Sunderland secured survival for the Shrimpers, all be it only on goal difference, and it had been hoped they would be able to take that euphoria into the new season.
Bond certainly wasted no time in strengthening his squad over the summer, with experienced players such as Australia captain Mark Milligan and former West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell coming through the door.
Couple that with top scorer Simon Cox remaining at the club and it appeared from afar that the Essex-based club could be in for a good season.
However, the new campaign could hardly have got off to a worse start for Southend, as they have lost all six league games to date, scoring just four goals and conceding a staggering 17.
The Shrimpers are only off the bottom of the table due to Bolton’s 12-point deduction, but even the Trotters, who were forced to play the youth team during the opening weeks of the season, have managed to pick up one point for their troubles.
Southend are already four points adrift of safety and, although there will be one less relegation spot in League One this season following Bury’s expulsion from the EFL, the writing still appears to be on the wall.
It shouldn’t really be a surprise to see the Seasiders struggling at the bottom of the table, as they appear to have been on a gradual slide down the standings over recent seasons, finishing 7th, 10th and 19th over the last three years.
The big question is who will come in to replace Bond at Roots Hall and will they be able to save Southend’s seemingly inevitable slide into League Two.
Chairman Ron Martin confirmed on Friday that the search for Bond’s successor will begin immediately and there are some potential big names out there, with former Bolton boss Phil Parkinson and ex-Macclesfield manager Sol Campbell having left their posts already this season, although there is no indication at this stage that either man would be interested.
CLUB STATEMENT: Kevin Bond
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Southend are of course in league action on Saturday when they will welcome Fleetwood to Roots Hall.
It is unclear who will be in the dugout for that clash, as Southend have not confirmed whether Bond’s backroom team, that includes former Wycombe boss Gary Waddock, have also left the club.
Waddock may well be the man to lead Southend in the short-term, as he has nearly 500 games under his belt as a manager and he only left his post at National League club Aldershot in May.
Whoever does take over at Southend is likely to be in for a tough season, but if the squad can be galvanised, then they do have the experience and quality to perhaps lift their heads above water and remain a third-tier team.