HENRIK LARSSON missed out being named manager of Southend last week – and the Celtic legend might be a relieved man this morning.

The English League One strugglers copped a 7-1 defeat at home to Doncaster Rovers in an extraordinary encounter where they managed to score first and then have two players red-carded!

Former Arsenal and England centre-half Sol Campbell, who has just been appointed boss, watched on from the stands as his new team collapsed to defeat at Roots Hall.
He saw Ethan Hamilton sent off after just six minutes, but still took the lead five minutes later through a superb Isaac Hutchinson free-kick.

However, the visitors levelled through Kwame Thomas in the 23rd minute before Ben Sheaf put them ahead shortly afterwards. Thomas made it 3-1 seven minutes after the turnaround before Stephen McLaughlin was banished. The goal procession came to a conclusion when Nathan Ralph put through his own net in the fading moments.

Six days ago, Larsson was left “absolutely fuming” when his managerial move to the club was scuppered when he was poised to join the rock-bottom outfit with former Hoops team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson also involved, as CQN reported.

However, his return to football didn’t materialise when the ex-Aston Villa and Derby striker pulled out at the last moment after interest from Blackpool.

Larsson might believe he has dodged a bullet after last night’s result.


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