SOUTHEND United’s chief executive Tom Lawrence believes Blues’ new coaching team will bring a high performing culture back to the club.

The Shrimpers have announced Kevin Maher as head coach with Darren Currie assistant head coach and Mark Bentley first team coach.

And Lawrence revealed the four man panel followed a clear process before making their decisions.

“When Ron, Gary, Stan and I started the process to find a new coaching team, I thought it was important that we followed a structured approach to identify candidates that fell within our defined success criteria,” said Lawrence.

"Amongst other things, the coaching team needed to be technically excellent, pro licence holders, have a good work ethic and knowledge of The National League.

"An affiliation with Southend United was a nice to have, but not a prerequisite.

"The coaching team we have appointed meet the success criteria and will help us achieve our objectives.

“They will, together, help create a high performing culture, something that has been absent for several years.”

And Lawrence was particularly impressed by Maher’s interview.

"Of the exceptional candidates we interviewed to lead the coaching team, Kevin stood out,” said Lawrence.

“His plan for the future is aligned with the club’s vision and his passion to help us get back to the EFL shone through.

“With the support of Darren and Mark, who both have exceptional CVs and bring a lot to the table, we will now move forward positively.

"I am delighted to be welcoming the new coaching team to the club!