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Henrik Larsson targeted for vacant managerial role at Southend United



Southend United are without a manager since Kevin Bond left two weeks ago and now want Celtic legend Henrik Larsson to step in.

MailOnline claim that the former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United forward is considering whether Southend would be a good fit for him after leaving Swedish club Helsingborgs last month.

Southend remain winless in the league this season, having lost seven and drawing one of their eight games so far this campaign.

Larsson has yet to manage outside of Sweden but is looking to kick start his managerial career after a number of public incidents has left him looking elsewhere.

The 47-year-old left his second spell in charge of Helsingborgs over the alleged level of verbal insults he was receiving from the fans around the stadium and online.

It comes after his first spell of the club also ended due to a fan-based incident. Larsson and his son were confronted by their own supporters after their relegation from the Swedish first division was confirmed.

Footage shows Helsingborgs fans running onto the pitch and ripping the shirt off Larsson’s son.

In his managerial career so far Larsson has managed 202 games, winning 72, drawing 40 and losing 90.

The Shrimpers only avoided relegation last season on goal difference but defending this season has been a particular problem for the Essex based team. In their first eight games they have already conceded 24 goals, one more than Bolton Wanderers who have had to play their youth outfit for much of the campaign so far.

The Verdict

With no proven track record of managing in the English game, it is hard to tell whether Larsson would have an immediate impact on Southend’s game.

Although showered in experience on the field it appears that in Sweden he has struggled to set his identity from the touchline.

Joining the League One side could help him evolve as a manager and potentially kick start his career once again but right now it is clear that Southend need someone to step into the club that knows how to deal with a crisis situation.

Appointing Larsson would be a huge gamble by club chairman Ron Martin but by their form currently, they need someone to enter the club who has experience of the league and managing within England.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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