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Southend remain in the bottom four in League One and it was no huge surprise when they dispensed with the services of boss Phil Brown earlier this month. The search began for a suitable replacement and the new man in the dugout is none other than club legend Chris Powell. The former Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town manager will certainly be a popular appointment given that he made 290 appearances for the Essex club early in his career as well as gaining five caps for England, however he certainly has a tough assignment in lifting the Shrimpers away from the danger zone.

Southend face promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United in Powell's first game in charge and the home support will be expecting great things from their side's new boss. Nevertheless it will almost certainly take a while for him to make his presence felt although there is every possibility that he will enjoy a 'honeymoon' period at the club and as such we can perhaps expect the hosts to give a good account of themselves at Roots Hall this weekend.

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Southend head into this match on the back of a four-game losing run and Powell will be desperate for a return to winning ways. Nevertheless they will be up against a Scunthorpe side which remain in touch with the top-three in the division and the visitors head into this match on the back of a decent run of form which has seen them lose just eight of their last eight games. Nevertheless they have drawn exactly half of these matches and this doesn't inspire us to back them to win this outing. Indeed the home side will have been boosted by the arrival of club legend Powell and while we don't envisage them returning immediately to winning ways on Saturday, we believe that they will grab themselves a share of the spoils in front of an expectant home support.

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