Celtic legend Henrik Larsson reportedly set for Southend United job

By David Walton

October 13, 2019

Henrik Larsson is reportedly set to become the new Southend United manager.

It’s a big boost for the Swede, who has been in negotiations for several weeks regarding the post. And, thankfully, local source Echo News has stated that he’s in “pole position” to take the job.

The source also states that Liverpool and Dutch hero Dirk Kuyt will also come in as Larsson’s assistant. A statement on the Southend website on Friday by chairman Ron Martin revealed that a press conference was being set for Thursday.

Henrik Larsson has a big job on his hands in England (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Interestingly, former Celt Tommy Johnson also looks set to be part of a new-look coaching team alongside Larsson. Echo News stated that Larsson has been to watch Southend twice this season.

And it now seems set that it will be Henrik who will be at that presser later this week. Martin confirmed on Friday that a deal had been agreed and that everything was pretty much sorted for the press conference.

Larsson deserves this opportunity, but he has to take it

Larsson has certainly had his troubles in Sweden. He’s yet to really have his big moment as a manager, and with relegation on his CV with Helsingborgs, he needs this role.

But it’s essential he takes it and performs in it. If Henrik isn’t able to do a job with Southend, it will be another black mark on his managerial record. Regardless of how big a legend he is, not just at Celtic, but in football in general, you can only have so many negative spells.

Is this the spell Larsson needs in management? (Lars Dareberg/Ombrello via Getty Images)

Larsson did do well at Falkenberg when he managed to keep them in the Allsvenskan back in 2014. But his time with both Landskrona Bois and Helsingborgs didn’t go as planned.

But there is real intrigue around this new managerial team that could come into effect. The duo didn’t play with each other, but both had positive spells with Feyenoord throughout their career. Kuyt, in truth, is a hero with the Dutch side.

Dirk Kuyt looks set to join Larsson at Southend (Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Johnson, however, at been at Celtic for only four months before Larsson joined. The pair spent four years together at Parkhead, albeit Johnson was loaned out to Everton in 1999. The former enjoyed some success, but he only played 35 league games for Celtic.

In any case, he’s another name that Larsson is happy to have in his ranks. Hopefully, this is the start of a path that one day leads to Parkhead, should it be confirmed on Thursday of course.