Chris Powell is expected to become the new manager of Southend United, according to The Sun.
The former Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town boss is set to replace Phil Brown in the Roots Hall dugout. Brown has been sacked after a poor start to the season.
Brown’s coaching staff, including Brian Horton and Graham Coughlan, are also going to leave Southend with the club wanting a fresh start.
Chris Powell was sacked by Huddersfield Town in November 2015 and that was the last time he was a manager of a side. Becoming the new manager of Southend, of whom he played over 250 games a player for, is a great opportunity for him and his career.
Powell was a left-back in his playing days and had three spells at Charlton Athletic, who he later went onto manage, and also played for the likes of Southend, Derby County, West Ham United and Watford.
He was appointed manager of Charlton in 2011 and guided them to the League One title in his first full season in charge. The Addicks then finished 9th in the Championship in the 2012/13 season but Powell was sacked during the following campaign when the club got new owners.
He then had a fourteen month spell at Huddersfield Town but was sacked after a difficult start to the 2015/16 season. He has most recently been the assistant manager at Derby County, first under Nigel Pearson and then under Steve McClaren but he left that job in March 2017.
He has been out of work since but a move to Southend United, a club he already knows well, is on the cards for Chris Powell.