Southend United have named the former Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell as their new manager.
The 48-year-old, who succeeds Phil Brown at Roots Hall, has signed a two-and-a-half year-deal with the Shrimpers.
Powell made 290 appearances in a six-year spell with the club during his playing career and also starred for Derby County, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Watford and Leicester City before hanging up his boots.
Southend, 1000/1 to be relegated this season, are 20th in the League One table and only one point above the bottom four after their game at Rochdale on Saturday was postponed.
Southend placed Brown on gardening leave last week after a poor run of form which included 10 defeats in 14 away games this season and seven losses in their last eight matches.
The 58-year-old former Hull City and Preston North End boss had been in charge of the club since March 2013 and guided United to promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2015.
Assistant manager Graham Coughlan and football co-ordinator Brian Horton also had their contracts terminated.
Southend are 15/8 to beat Scunthorpe United in their next League One match on Saturday.
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