Talks continue between Celtic legend Henrik Larsson and Southend

By David Walton

September 30, 2019

Henrik Larsson’s prospects of becoming Southend United manager don’t seem to have changed.

Talks continue to drag on between the Celtic icon and the English League One club. Larsson was first linked with the club a couple of weeks ago, and even attended their victory over MK Dons earlier on this month.

The Swedish superhero has yet to manage in the UK after an incredible playing career in Britain with Celtic. He also had a short spell with Manchester United, but he made his name in Glasgow.

Henrik Larsson did it all in Scotland (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

And as he continues to wait on whether he’ll get his first crack at management in England, Southend chairman Ron Martin has confirmed that no decision has been made on who the new man will be. Speaking to the official club website, however, the Southend chief namedropped Larsson.

“I said when Kevin Bond departed that there would be no ‘knee-jerk’ reactions and his replacement wouldn’t be instantaneous.

“We know the qualities within the manager that we are looking for, but the combination of those characteristics or persons are not always available and its right we carry out, as we are, proper due diligence in arriving at the right choice.”

“Henrik Larsson is obviously one of the individuals that we have been interviewing, but he is not the only candidate and no decision has been made as I write this statement.”

Talks rumble on as Larsson waits

Larsson will surely be itching to get the negotiations over with at this point. Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on developments should he get the job too. Being such an adored figure at Parkhead brings him that attention, and a potential future role with Celtic is always going to be up for discussion if he succeeds.

Larsson has been keeping up appearances in the media and at football matches (Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

It’s interesting to see that Southend chairman Martin has mentioned Larsson too. If his name was truly just another in the frame, it wouldn’t be right to highlight him individually.

It still comes across as though he’s the prime candidate. His managerial record may be indifferent so far, but his stature would bring tremendous spotlight onto the club. These days, that seems to be what many clubs are going for.

Larsson could bring plenty to Southend. And, judging by the chairman’s comments, he’s keen to keep everyone aware that the Swede is still in the frame.

Larsson’s future remains up in the air (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So far in his managerial career, Larsson has managed Landskrona Bois, Falkenberg, and Helsingborgs in two different spells.

Can he make a name for himself in League One if given the chance? You would hardly be surprised.