Celtic legend Henrik Larsson reportedly wanted by Southend

By David Walton

September 18, 2019

Henrik Larsson is reportedly wanted by Southend to be the club’s next manager.

According to the Daily Mail, the League One side want the Swedish icon to replace former manager Kevin Bond. Southend haven’t won a game since their old manager departed two weeks ago.

Larsson, meanwhile, has been out of management since leaving Helsingborgs due to verbal insults on social media.

Henrik Larsson could end up back in the management game (Lars Dareberg/Ombrello via Getty Images)

According to the Daily Mail, Larsson is currently considering whether the move would be a good move for him. The Swede has yet to manage outside of Sweden, and has coached Landskrona Bois, Falkenberg, and Helsingborgs twice in the past.

At Landskrona, he failed in his goal to get them promoted to the Allsvenskan in his two-year spell. He did, however, stop them from a massive decline and managed to keep them in Sweden’s second-tier.

A spell at Falkenberg followed, where he managed to secure their position in the Allsvenskan in his one-year period there.

Larsson has twice had to leave Helsingborgs due to both verbal and physical assaults in the past. But a move to England could now beckon.

Larsson return would be highly intriguing

There’s no denying the intrigue regarding this potential move. Of course, nothing has happened just yet, but it would be extremely interesting to see how our icon would do if he returned to British football.

Larsson is still searching for that breakthrough moment as a manager (Anders Ylander/Ombrello via Getty Images)

He’s had a bit of a rough time of it in his homeland. His lack of tangible success is likely why he would have to drop down to League One as opposed to a Championship or Premier League club.

Many Celtic supporters would likely want Larsson to be back at Parkhead one day. However, the Swede has to earn it through his managerial stints elsewhere. So far, Larsson’s struggled to have a really successful spell with a club.

If he does move to Southend, it’ll be a great chance for him to get them out of any relegation fight and make himself an instant hero. But he may still believe that his achievements as a player could bag him a better move.

Could we see Larsson back at Parkhead again? (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

Southend themselves are clearly looking for a high-profile name as their next appointment. Larsson falls into that bracket.

Hopefully a deal gets done and we can see Henrik return to British football once again. Who knows? It could be his first step on a road that leads back to Parkhead.