Jason Demetriou will take charge of Southend United on an interim basis while the struggling Vanarama National League outfit step up their search for a new Head Coach.
Blues parted company with Phil Brown following Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Chesterfield – their sixth defeat in ten league outings, this following back-to-back relegation’s that subsequently saw the Roots Hall Stadium club drop out of the EFL after more than a century.
Demetriou has taken training since Brown’s departure and will be at the helm for the Blues Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie with Chertsey Town at the weekend, assisted by defender, Josh Coulson.
“I’m really looking forward to taking the team on Saturday,” the former Cypriot international enthused.
It’s something I want to do in the future so I said I would happily take the team for Saturday.
“With the help of Josh and the staff here we will get the team ready for the game.
“After the previous manager departed, the Club knew already that I would like to go into coaching in the future and I’ve done my badges, so I was approached about taking the team and I said yes without hesitation.”
Neil Smith and Darren Currie have been linked with the Head Coach role, while it is believed that former Blues players, Adam Barrett and Neil Harris have distanced themselves from the post, while Chesterfield refused the south-east Essex club permission to approach their manager, James Rowe.