Southend hand caretaker manager Kevin Bond permanent two-year deal

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Kevin Bond has signed a two-year contract to become Southend manager on a permanent basis, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.

Kevin Bond has signed a two-year contract to become Southend manager on a permanent basis, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.

Bond took over at Roots Hall in an interim capacity for the final six matches of the season, guiding the club to League One safety after a late victory over Sunderland on the last day of the campaign.

Speaking to the club’s website, Bond said: ‘I couldn’t be more pleased.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks of the season, although it was a pretty tense experience, and I can’t wait to get started on planning for what we all hope is a bright future for Southend United.

‘Thankfully, we got what we needed to get to stay in League One which is great, and now we’ve got a longer period of time in order to put things in place which will hopefully move the club forward.’

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