Southend United have this morning announced that they appointed Kevin Bond as their new permanent manager.
He took over from Chris Powell temporarily in April when the club hadn’t won a match in 12 with six games remaining, though they secured another season in League One status when a late goal against Sunderland kept them up on final day of the season.
Southend United Football Club are delighted to announce Kevin Bond has been appointed permanent manager on a two-year deal!#Blues
— Southend United (@SUFCRootsHall) May 17, 2019
Bond said on the club’s website: “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.
“To a degree when you come in, in difficult circumstances, you’re firefighting a little bit and you haven’t really got enough time to make many changes, so you have to deal with what’s in front of you and put one or two things in place which you think may make a difference.
“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.
“That work starts right now on the playing staff side and the planning for pre-season.
“This is a really busy part of the season and it’s all about organising this period leading up to the first game of the season.”
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