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A Roots Hall return for Chris Powell as ex-Shrimpers star named manager

Chris Powell back at Shrimpers. Credit: PA Images

A familiar face is making a Roots Hall return.

Southend have appointed former Shrimpers defender Chris Powell.

The 48-year-old made 290 appearances for the Essex side and also played for Derby County, West Ham and Watford.

He's an experienced manager who had spells in the hot seat at Charlton, where he was named LMA League One Manager of the year, and then at Huddersfield.

He'll be unveiled as the man to replace Phil Brown at a press conference later this afternoon. He's signed a 2-and-a-half-year deal at the Essex club.

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Nile Ranger to return to training following prison release

Ranger admitted switching over £2,000 from a woman's account to another in 2015. Credit: PA

Southend United's Nile Ranger will return to training after being released from prison today.

The former Newcastle striker was jailed for eight months in May after admitting to online banking fraud.

Ranger was released from Pentonville Prison after serving just over ten weeks in jail.

A statement on the club's website said: "Nile was eligible for early release under the HDC (Home Detention Curfew) Scheme, due to the short duration of his sentence and his consistently excellent custodial behaviour."

"Nile may regard himself as fortunate but will remain under an evening home curfew for the next 5 to 6 weeks."

"However, this will enable him to resume training immediately and Nile Ranger is today undergoing a fitness test and assessment that will help steer his training regime over the next 7 to 10 days before he re-joins the squad."

Kevin Lokko: Ex-Norwich academy star joins Stevenage

Kevin Lokko was once part of Norwich City's academy. Credit: PA

Stevenage have signed former Norwich City academy defender Kevin Lokko after triggering his release clause at National League side Maidstone United.

The 21 year old centre-back, who is an England C international, played 46 games for Maidstone last season.

Lokko also had a spell at Colchester earlier in his career but is yet to make an appearance in the Football League.

Many will be surprised by the timing of this but Kevin’s attracted a lot of interest in recent months and I can more than understand why a league club would take a punt on him.

We of course wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts during last season.

– Jay Saunders, Maidstone United manager

Meanwhile, Southend United have signed 19-year-old French forward Amadou Ba following a successful trial.

Ba has agreed a two-year deal at Roots Hall.

Fellow Shrimpers striker Theo Robinson has also committed his future to the club by agreeing a one-year contract extension.

Michael Turner: Southend United swoop for centre-back

Michael Turner spent five years at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed former Norwich City defender Michael Turner on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old used to play under Shrimpers boss Phil Brown at Hull City and has made over 400 appearances in his career so far.

Turner fell out of favour at Carrow Road and was released earlier this summer, bringing to an end a five-year stay in Norfolk.

He's agreed a one-year deal at Roots Hall.

Phil Brown was one of the main reasons I’ve come to the club.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time under him at Hull. We had a successful period there and I’m looking to do something similar here.

I played with Anton Ferdinand for a couple of years at Sunderland so we know each other well and each other’s game well.

– Michael Turner, Southend United

The centre-back is the second high-profile Southend recruit in recent days following the capture of winger Michael Kightly last week.

Simon Dobbin trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall was assaulted following United's game with Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trail of thirteen men accused of being involved in an attack on a Cambridge United football fan have, in the last hour, begun to consider their verdicts.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, was left unable to walk or talk after he was brutally attacked after a match at Southend's Roots Hall in March 2015.

He spent a year in hospital after being hit and stamped on repeatedly.

A total of 13 defendants standing trial at Basildon Crown Court charged in connection with the attack, deny conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

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