DARREN Moore feels it is a ‘no brainer’ for Southend United to appoint Craig Fagan as their next manager.

Moore, who manages League One side Doncaster Rovers, lined up alongside Fagan at Derby County.

And Moore is certain Fagan can succeed with the Shrimpers.

“Fages is young, hungry, energetic and an up and coming coach who knows the club inside out,” said Moore.

“He wants to show everyone what he can do and what he’s about and for me it’s a no brainer.

“He brings respect, commitment and a thorough coaching point of view.”

Fagan has been in charge of the Shrimpers’ under 23 side since the start of last season.

And Moore, who also bossed West Bromwich Albion, feels that also needs to be taken into consideration by the Roots Hall hierarchy.

“The club needs continuity and stability and I think Fages would provide that,” said Moore.

“They also need someone who understands all the ramifications at the club and where they’ve been at.

“Craig understands that and knows the mistakes which have been made over the years.”

Blues will be back in League Two next season after enduring a tough season on and off the pitch last term.

Previous boss Sol Campbell left the club at the end of the June.

And Moore feels the Shrimpers must act soon to replace the former England international.

“Time is running out as well because in seven weeks the season is going to start,” said the 46-year-old.

“Craig is already there and he knows all about the young players that the club are going to be heavily reliant on.

“He knows the structure and with Craig they can hit the ground running.”

Blues will also need to add to their young squad when a transfer embargo is lifted.

And Moore is confident Fagan can bring in the right kind of players.

“Craig is very well connected and has a lot of contacts in the game,” said Moore.

“I couldn’t recommended anyone highly enough.

“Southend have been a club who have been up and down and it’s now in the fourth tier unfortunately.

“Southend need some solidarity and Craig can bring that.

“He’s seen it all there and he’s seen all the wrongs.

“There have been a lot of them otherwise the club wouldn’t be in the position it is.

“The size of the club means it shouldn’t be where it is but it’s happened and they have to stop the slide now.

“But Craig wouldn’t be scared or daunted by anything.

“He would be coming to this fresh and I’m sure everyone would get behind him because they would see he’s trying to do the right things.”