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‘It wouldn’t be a bad route to take’ – 39-year-old and Southend vacancy: Opinion

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Millwall could be set to lose first-team coach Adam Barrett.

Southend could look to the Championship for their next manager after sacking Chris Powell earlier in the week, with Lions coach Barrett one of the top contenders for the role.

The Shrimpers are on the lookout for a new boss after the sacking of Chris Powell, with the club hovering above the League One drop zone.

Barrett, 39, is no stranger to Roots Hall having made more than 350 appearances for the Essex side over two spells before his retirement in 2017.

The Southend Echo understands there has been no approach as of yet from the League One side to Millwall for the services of their former player.

Barrett is hugely popular with Southend fans. He won successive promotions from League Two and League One in 2005 and 2006, and moved into coaching at The Den so soon after giving up playing.

Having had no managerial experience and a fledgeling coaching role, would it be a good appointment for the League One side?

We asked our team of FLW writers their thoughts…


Jay Taylor

“It would be the sentimental choice, and possibly the fans’ pick after a string of managers where success has failed to materialise.

“Bringing in a man who knows the club could work wonders, we have seen it recently at clubs like Rotherham, Millwall – with Harris – and even Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“So, there is a precedence that it does work to some effect.

“It wouldn’t be a bad route to take.”

Toby Wilding

“This could be a good appointment for Southend.

“Barrett is more than familiar with the club given his playing days there, and would come in all ready for a relegation battle having been around one at Millwall this season.

“That could in turn be a hit to the Championship side, were they to take this as a distraction, or indeed leave boss Neil Harris short in support out on the training pitches.”

George Brooks

“Adam Barrett is a Southend United legend and obviously knows the club very well.

“He is a good coach at Millwall and would probably be missed if he left the Championship club for the Shrimpers.

“However, he doesn’t have any experience of managing a side yet so his appointment could represent somewhat of a risk for Southend, who need to find a replacement for Chris Powell as soon as possible.”


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