Kevin Bond has stepped down as manager of Southend United after a miserable start to the season.
The Shrimpers have lost all six of their opening games and sit second bottom in League One.
Chairman Ron Martin said Bond resigned at the end of a "pre-arranged meeting" at the club this morning (Sept 6th).
Martin said: "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 experience at the end of last season has not translated to the pitch so far this season." >
Martin said the search for Bond's successor has started.
"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," he added.