With former manager Kevin Bond leaving the club two weeks ago his assistant Gary Waddock has been left in charge while the club decides on a more permanent option.
The Blues have only managed to pick up one point so far this season and currently have conceded more goals than a Bolton side who are playing with pride.
While a number of familiar and unrealistic names have been linked with the managerial role, it is important that the club’s hierarchy gives Waddock a real chance.
It was clear that the players did not like Bond’s style of play and you could tell that they were no longer willing to play for him. Although things have not dramatically improved since his departure, it is clear that Waddock’s step up in the dugout has had a remarkable effect on the players.
Waddock has only been in temporary charge for 11 days and it is still not clear how much longer he will be, with the club keeping a very tight lid on who they are shortlisting for the manager role. The only name we’re certain should be on that list is Waddock’s, who is currently in the best position to impress.
It is not known how much direct involvement the 57-year old had with Bond’s time at the club but since his departure, players such as Stephen Humphrys have been very complimentary in the public eye towards his new temporary boss.
With one draw and a loss under his belt, Waddock has the same record with Southend as did Bond in his first two games, not that we should be comparing the two side by side just yet.
Over Waddock’s first two games in charge the side have played with what appears to be a noticeable game plan, going forward we are up there with the teams towards the top of the table.
The belief and confidence is slowly starting to come back and any fan that truly thinks we would improve straight away, does so in complete naivety.
The only pressing issue with the side currently is in defence, the forward line has sparked into life, the midfield has somewhat improved but the uncertainty has remained at the back.
But there’s no wonder Southend have struggled at the back, the same set of players have barely played more than three whole games together, so yet again things will almost certainly improve with time.
Waddock has taken to the role with ease and his passion and belief in the players at the club has been clear both on the touchline and via interviews in the media. Financially, appointing him makes perfect sense, Southend cannot afford to have another manager on high wages with lots of new staff joining him.
Waddock is already on the club’s books with a team of staff and players he knows well, a smaller dent on the clubs finances with him will certainly help the club on the pitch in the long run.
Yes, Waddock is still unproven, but he knows the club in its current state and by the looks of it, has the backing of the players.