Craig Fagan has held constructive talks with Southend to take over as supervisor.
Fagan, who's presently the U23s boss on the Shrimpers, has utilized for the first-team position after Sol Campbell .
It's understood that numerous gamers are supportive of Fagan's bid to turn out to be the brand new supervisor - and try to carry them straight again as much as League One subsequent season.
Former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender Campbell had solely been within the publish for eight months, however he stated he was "not eager to be a monetary burden on the membership" after they have been relegated when the 2019-20 season was curtailed.
Southend have endured monetary hardship in recent times, even earlier than the impression of the coronavirus pandemic.
Campbell's employees of Hermann Hreiðarsson, Andy Cole and Tony Colbert additionally left the Essex-based facet final month.
Fagan, 37, performed within the Premier League with Derby County, having been a part of their promotion-winning group in 2007.
He was a vastly skilled EFL participant, with over 150 video games underneath his belt for Hull Metropolis, in addition to spells at Colchester, Bradford Metropolis, Bury and Gillingham.
His U23 facet have been high of the Central League this time period.