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Southend hire Chris Powell as new manager

Chris Powell will replace Phil Brown as Southend manager. Credit: PA

Southend have hired former Charlton and Huddersfield boss Chris Powell to replace Phil Brown as manager.

The Shrimpers, who sit one place and a point above the League One drop zone, have agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the former England international.

Powell spent six years of his playing career at Roots Hall, making 290 appearances.

The 48-year-old's last job was as assistant manager to Steve McClaren at Derby.