Bond quits as Blues boss

KEVIN BOND has resigned his position as manager of Sky Bet League One strugglers, Southend United.

Bond was under severe pressure following a disastrous run of eight defeats in nine domestic matches this season, including six-straight league losses, leaving the Roots Hall Stadium outfit second from bottom in the table without a point to their name.

Blues Chairman, Ron Martin, held a meeting with his beleaguered manager on his return from holiday, with Bond tendering his resignation, which was accepted with immediate effect.

In a statement on the Blues official website, Mr Martin explained: “Kevin is a sincere professional coach with huge experience in the industry. His accomplishments in keeping the club in League One last season needs to be acknowledged and will long be remembered by the club’s Supporters.

“Unfortunately the euphoria experienced at the end of last season has not translated to the pitch so far this season. However, I remain confident that the players we have at Southend United, including the strong signings made by Kevin Bond, will enable a successful season under the guidance of a new Manager. The search for that individual commences today.”

Blues supporters had contacted Yellow Sport expressing their frustrations following Tuesday evenings 2-0 leasing.com Trophy defeat at Leyton Orient. Now they will be hopeful the new man in the hot seat is able to steady what appears to be a rapidly sinking ship in terms of their league position and disappointing performances.

Brian Jeeves

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