The sacking of Chris Powell this morning by Southend United perhaps came as a surprise to some Southend fans despite currently battling relegation and sitting in 20th position in League 1. Ricky Duncan has taken over the interim role, but Southend have given no indication as to what their next step will be.
The bookmakers have made Paul Hurst favourite to take over the role. Hurst is also strong favourite to take over the current Scunthorpe vacancy, so other names such as Kevin Nolan, Steve Evans and Ian Holloway are being talked about. Kevin Nolan took over Notts County in January 2017 and lead them to league two play offs, but after a 6 game winless streak parted company with the club in August 2018.
Steve Evans, recently the manager of Peterborough United is the bookies second favourite, and would bring some much needed defensive stability to the side.
Ian Holloway is a more highly experienced manager, having managed QPR and Blackpool in the Premier League, would bring some experience and solidarity to the Southend United changing room. However, it looks unlikely he will join as he is currently out of work and claimed on Talksport around two months ago that he ‘wasn’t looking for a job at this current moment in time’.
At the moment, Southend are looking at various options and no clear indication has been given as to who will take over the role. The club are reaching a make or break point in their season, and it looks like Ricky Duncan will see out the season and an appointment will be made in the Summer depending on the clubs fate.