By Wayne Veysey

20th Oct, 2021 | 7:04pm

Sources: Maher agrees to be new Southend manager as two deals done

Bristol Rovers first-team coach Kevin Maher has agreed to be the new Southend United manager, Football Insider can reveal.

The 44-year-old is set to be appointed imminently after finalising terms.

A Southend source has told Football Insider Darren Curren will be named as Maher’s assistant.

Maher spent 10 seasons as a player at Roots Hall and captained the club to two promotions.

The former midfielder played 455 times for Southend across all competitions, including a famous victory over Man United in the League Cup in November 2006.

He finished his playing career with spells at Gillingham, Oldham Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, Bray Wanderers and Whitehawk before returning to the Blues as Under-23s manager in 2015.

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After four years with the Shrimpers, he moved to Bristol Rovers where he has had two spells as caretaker boss and currently serves as assistant manager to Joey Barton.

Southend United are looking to appoint a new boss after Phil Brown’s tenure came to an end earlier this month.

The club are 20th in the National League after being relegated from League Two last season.

They have won just one of their last nine games and will be hoping Maher can turn their form around.

His managerial career could begin with Saturday’s trip to high-flying Dagenham & Redbridge.

Daryl McMahon’s side have won one and lost four of their last five games in the league but are still in the play-off positions.

In other news, a Tottenham insider “can’t rule out” Newcastle United signing Harry Kane after a Telegraph update.