Admiration for both Southend and Henrik


The business between Southend United and Henrik Larsson has been fascinating and reflects well on both of them.  After a run of six defeats, Kevin Bond resigned as Southend manager six weeks ago.  Since then the third tier club have resisted the greatest urge in football – appointing a manager.  They sit second bottom of the table, above only Bolton, who are on minus 8 points following administration.

Speaking to Henrik was an outrageously ambitious play for a club that looks destined for the bottom tier of English football.  They wanted Henrik, but not at any cost, they wanted him to have the necessary support to be a success in the job.

That support included recruiting someone with a knowledge of their league to act as chief scout.  Henrik’s former Celtic team-mate, Tommy Johnson, agreed to be that man, but with contracts all in place and Larsson set to fly in with Johan Mjallby as his assistant, Johnson had a last minute change of mind.

Lots of managers and clubs would proceed as planned and hope to recruit a suitable head of recruitment at a later date, but Southend chairman, Ron Martin and Henrik believed this part of their jigsaw was critically important and without it the picture would not work.

Feeling betrayed, Henrik insisted Martin did not up his offer to Johnson and they agreed not to conclude contracts.

Having waited during summer weeks for a managerial appointment, I cannot imagine how Southend fans are coping.  Without a permanent manager, the club is rudderless and no recovery is likely, but you have to admire Southend.  Better to wait and get it right, even now, seven points adrift from safety, than plough straight into a bad appointment.

But still, can you imagine if it was Celtic sitting on the pot for this time?  They will probably go down, but I hope the delay works out in the long term for Southend.

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  1. My brother loves Henrik so much he named his youngest daughter after him!



    God Bless The King of Kings

  2. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Looks as though i missed the top three, ah well at least i’m on the


    right page, no need for GFTB to shift my post into the right position lol.


    Where is he anyway?


    Usual big weekend now in Oz, and as usual i’ve started my Celtic fest


    early, and thank god the footys back, they International weekends are


    like a year in jail, oh wait… nope never been there 8-))


    H.H . Mick

  3. Melbourne Mick on

    Well does a wee weekend in the Govan clink count?


    I was a daft teenager after all.


    H.H . Mick

  4. Corkcelt and Connaire12 (and maybe others that I missed).


    Point taken about Ryan’s nickname. Even though I never for one second meant it to come across as anything other than a play on words due to his surname, I’ll refrain from now on. In exchange, though, you must cpontinue to send your game by votes for our best 3 performers……. a wee relaunch post will be out tonight… ;-)

  5. Melbourne Mick on

    Where are you, all the bold fenian men?



    Lewis Capaldi, what a talent, what a voice, coming to Oz in January


    and sold out signs everywhere.


    Wonder if he’ll visit our CSC in Mornington? just for a wee bit of beach


    time and meet up with fellow tims, don’t think he’ll get to sing though,


    between big Richie our resident reb singer and Paddymac the mic


    hogger carousing… The Glesga Cat …he’ll have to bide his time.


    But he could always sit with me and talk about thrashing the ragers




    H.H . Mick

  6. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on




    He is a left back, Boli is no, in fact Boli is a poor attacking midfielder and is still preferred over more experienced players for the left back position in both Taylor and Hayes. Hayes is preferred over him, no one has been hung, however if he did there is a cover up, which is obviously more appealing to your sense of justice.




    As for should players be charged, of course they else you are suggesting players should be treated differently to supporters? The club do not tolerate it from supporters, they back the police without question and are happy to ban supporters on the word of police for sectarian offenses. They do not suggest second chances or education.

  7. Paul67 et al



    “Better to wait and get it right…….than plough straight into a bad appointment”



    I think that is the way most Southend supporters see it Paul.

  8. Quieter on here than a mouse pissing on cotton.


    Enjoy the weekend everyone, wherever you are all hiding :)

  9. tully57 on 18th October 2019 1:18 pm



    ‘The King of Kings’








    Careful Now

  10. I see Lenny is saying he would back his players if they walked off in Rome if we suffered any form of Racism….. Wait a minute Lenny Bhoy.



    We get it from the Zombies every time we play them.


    Why not walk off then (when we are about 12 points clear of course😂)?






    D. :)




    Taylor’s absence from the first 11, this one is easy, recent rumor has it Taylor called the Griff fenian b’stard during a training session, the clubs lack of provided opportunity appear to support the rumor as true and if this is the case he should be charged with sectarian abuse and sold at first opportunity





  12. I find that Taylor rumor hard to believe. He was inured early season & Cup Tied for League Cup where you would normally expect him to make a debut. My take is that Lenny wants to give Boli a good run of games & sees Jonny as a reliable back up.


    If by any chance it is true I would concur with Ron & boot him out, There are plenty of Griff rumors out there as well so maybe just a case of holding off & see what happens.

  13. Corkcelt – totally agree.



    If it has happened, the club are in a conundrum, if they make it public and put him on transfer list clubs will low ball us.


    If it has happened I would fine him big time and then move him on, say nothing to anyone, but I can see how that would upset supporters. If supporters get jailed etc then why should these guys be insulated from all that.



    Having played football at different levels I doubt if it’s true, there is normally a good team spirit. Sure there is rivalry because everyone wants in that team and things do get heated but I have never heard of any player saying something like that. Again they will slag each other, argue and fight but I have never heard that.



    I think it’s a load of old tosh.


    Same as this post of mine😂






    D. :)

  14. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Ah well, that was a low key day to finish the Holiday. Another stunning day, and just watched a lovely sunset from the apartment balcony. Nothing to do now, but finish the beers (somebody has to :-)). Oh and pack, we have a taxi booked at 9 tomorrow morning to the airport, and all being well should be home by teatime tomorrow. Might have to listen to “open all mikes” on the car radio, to find out about the game. Oh heaven spare us a Livi goal… don’t want to hear a shortie commentator squealing with excitement when I’m trapped in the car.



  15. HAG – A Livi goal? It’s Ross County we are playing😂



    Enjoy those last few beers🍺😎🍺😎🍺



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  16. Arlene Foster is touring the countryside in her Chauffeur driven car.


    Suddenly a cow jumps out into the road. They hit it full on and the car comes to a stop.


    Arlene in her usual charming manner, says to the chauffeur…….


    “You get out and check – you were driving.”


    The chauffeur gets out, checks and reports that the animal is dead. “You were driving; go and tell the farmer,” says Arlene


    Five hours later the chauffeur returns totally plastered, his hair ruffled and with a big grin on his face.


    “My God, what happened to you?” asks Arlene .


    The chauffeur replies: “When I got there, the farmer opened his best bottle of malt whisky, the wife gave me a slap-up meal and the daughter made love to me.”


    “What on earth did you say?” asks Arlene


    “I knocked on the door and when it was answered, I said to them….


    “I’m Arlene Foster’s chauffeur and I’ve just killed the cow.”




    That’s the first Record article I have read in years. Imo, Bobby Murdoch is the finest Celtic player ever, certainly the finest I have had the privilege to watch.

  18. Canamalar



    The one point of my post that you did not address was the most important one.



    Is there any reliability or truth to the rumour?



    And, if so, what were the circumstances? Joking or aggressive? Out of the blue or whilst in pain from a tackle.



    These are important cirrcumstantial considerations. It is not in the same ball park as a supporter shouting “sectarian” abuse from the terraces with little provocation.



    Too much of modern Scotland is about banning, closing, stopping, no platform etc; It is the same quick fix mentality that gave rise to the OBaF Act? WHy not help people rise above their bigotries and prejudice via education rather than risk embedding them in resentent by sacking a player or banning a supporter.



    Tosh McKinlay fought with Henrik Larsson. He was not the first or last to fight at training with a colleague.



    The more serious physical assaults do not need to lead to the ending of a career with a club, then neither should the less serious matter of name calling.



    We pride ourselves in having taken many players who were childhood or teenage Rangers supporters and many of our best had that in their background. If twitter were around would we have ended our interest in a Dalglish, McGrain, or Brown if they had an FTP on their twitter account as a 16 year old? How would we have dealt with that old joke about the RC Celtic player who complained to his team mate that the crowd was calling him a Fenian Bassa only to be told by the non-RC colleague that “At least you are one- they’re calling me that too!”. Which one of that pair should get sacked or transferrred?

  19. glendalystonsils on

    The Greg Taylor ‘rumour’ has jolted me out of lurking to comment. If it was said at all (which I seriously doubt) it might have been jokingly between him and Griff . Proper banter , not hun type ‘banter’.


    Can you imagine a Catholic player at Sevco calling one of them a dirty orange bassa and meaning it?



    Naw , me neither. If Taylor was a bigot why would he sign for Celtic. The answer to that question BTW is not money .

  20. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Just like you only addressed one point in the original post. As for reliability I did say it was rumor thought that might be a clue. As I said if true he should be treated in exactly the same manner as any supporter is treated.



    But you have made quite a few telling statements regards your own standards and support of double standards. Your vignettes are poor, you think calling someone a fenian b’stard is just banter when players do it but supporters never have an excuse it can only be vile sectarianism yet there are loads of excuses for players aye well done. Then a wee tangent onto violence just to obfuscate a bit more.


    It’s either zero tolerance or it’s not, tolerate it from players but not supporters is not something I can support you with.

  21. LMS 13 Round 6 Reminder


    Friday Night reminder time again folks – this could be an automated mail for some


    Don’t forget to make your picks for Round 6 before kick-off time in your selected game. Also, be aware who you’ve picked in previous rounds – We’ve had a couple of entries picking a team for a second time, despite everyone getting a list of their picks so far last weekend. Would be a shame to go crashing out now, when you can almost smell the money…….


    This weekends games are below. Let us know your choices at cqnpredictor@gmail.com , or on Whatsapp, if you have the App.


    Good Luck







    Celtic v Ross County (15:00)


    Hamilton Academical v Hibernian (15:00)


    Kilmarnock v Livingston (15:00)


    Motherwell v Aberdeen (15:00)


    St Mirren v St Johnstone (15:00)




    Chelsea v Newcastle United (15:00)


    Tottenham v Watford (15:00)


    Crystal Palace v Manchester City







    Heart of Midlothian v The Rangers (12:15)




    Manchester United v Liverpool (16:30)

  22. Canamalar



    I did respond to more than one point in your original post- I even numbered them.



    I cannot support zero tolerance in this situation. We would all have fallen foul of that at some time.



    Also, if it is an unsubstantiated rumour- it can only weaken the point to name the players involved. The ethical dilemma could have been discussed without tarring players unjustly.



    Do you remember when Scott Brown was alleged to have a King Billy tattoo?

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