Southend United are reportedly close to appointing their next management duo, with former Celtic and Manchester United star Henrik Larsson in the hotseat at Roots Hall, with former Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt as his assistant.
The news has divided the Southend fanbase so far, with many reasons cropping up as to why the pair would be a good management duo to take the Shrimpers forward, and why they wouldn’t be the right choice for the Southend board to take a look at.
Here, we take a look at 2 pros and 2 cons as to why Southend should or shouldn’t appoint the duo…
Pro: Big names
If Larsson and Kuyt were hired to take Southend forward, then their names would instantly be a hit based on their playing careers.
The pair would immediately walk into the dressing room at Roots Hall and have the respect of their players that they would inherit from previous Southend manager Kevin Bond, and the current crop of players at Southend could take their game to a new level to try and impress the new management pair.
Pro: Different maangerial experience to offer a different outlook?
Despite Kuyt having no previous experience in coaching despite retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 season, Larsson brings with him some experience in a managerial capacity.
Larsson has managed in the Swedish leagues, having taken charge of Landskrona, Falkenberg and been in charge of Helsingborg twice. Larsson has over 200 games in club management since taking his first games in 2009, and himself and Kuyt could team up to be a good partnership.
Con: No previous coaching experience in England
One thing that could go against Larsson and Kuyt is that the pair don’t have any previous coaching experience in England.
Despite both having had an illustrious playing career on these shores, neither have coached in England before and therefore will take the time to adapt to the way that they set their team up to play in a League One match.
Con: Been out of England for a while
Neither Larsson nor Kuyt have been around the English game for several seasons, Larsson having last featured for Manchester United back in 2007 and Kuyt last playing for Liverpool in 2012.
The English game has changed rapidly since then with a lot more money floating around the lower leagues and the style of play having changed dramatically in the last few years especially.
If Larsson and Kuyt are going to take the Southend reins, then they’ll need to adjust quickly if they want to be a success.