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Southend United appoint Kevin Bond as permanent manager

Kevin Bond is staying at Southend United. Credit: PA

Southend United have appointed Kevin Bond as their new manager on a permanent basis.

Bond, 61, managed to help the Shrimpers avoid relegation from League One after taking over from Chris Powell for the final six games of the season.

During his time in charge, he won two games - including a pivotal 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Roots Hall on the final day of the season to keep the club up.

Southend only just avoided relegation last season. Credit: PA

Bond's initial deal was due to the expire in the summer, but he has now signed a two-year contract to stay in Essex.

It will be his first full-time managerial role, having spent much of his career working as Harry Redknapp's number two.

“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," Bond said.

"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.

Meanwhile, the Shrimpers have released eight senior players - including left-back Ben Coker and centre-back Michael Turner.

In League Two, Northampton Town have made their fourth signing of the summer already with Macclesfield Town striker Harry Smith joining for an undisclosed fee.