Phil Parkinson could make a swift return to the dugout with League One side Southend United.

The Shrimpers are in the hunt for a new manager to replace Kevin Bond, who was sacked after a poor start to the season.

The likes of Adam Barrett, Sol Campbell and Kevin Nolan have been linked with the vacant post but Parkinson has emerged as the 2/1 favourite on Bet Victor.

Parkinson, who is 51 years-old, is available after resigning as manager of Bolton Wanderers last month.

After spending his playing days at Bury and Reading, he started his managerial career at Colchester United and guided the U’s to promotion to the Championship in 2006. Hull City swooped for him that summer but he lasted just six months with the Tigers before getting sacked.

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Parkinson’s next job was at Charlton Athletic before he joined Bradford City in 2011. He spent five years with the Bantams and guided them to the League Cup final in 2012 as well as promotion from League Two in the same season.

Bolton Wanderers called for him in 2016 and he won promotion from League One in his first campaign with the North-West side and then kept them up in the Championship the season after. However, his Trotters side were relegated last term.

Parkinson knows League One inside out and has an impressive record at this level. Could he be tempted by the Southend job?

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