Southend United look set to appoint a new manager, with former Celtic and Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson set to take the reins at Roots Hall.
The Essex club have endured a dismal start to the Sky Bet League One campaign, losing 10 of their opening 12 league matches, and sitting five points adrift of safety already.
Kevin Bond was relieved of his duties by the club at the start of September, and the Shrimpers are still on the lookout for a new boss after their 4-1 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.
But the Southend Echo claims that Southend are closing in on a managerial appointment, with Henrik Larsson set to take over from Bond at Roots Hall.
Larsson has watched Southend on two different occasions this season, and it is believed that former Liverpool winger Dirk Kuyt will also be joining the club as his number two.
Larsson has no experience of managing in England as of yet, but has spent time with Landskrona BoIS, Falkenberg and Helsingborg in Sweden before.
Here, we take a look at Southend fans’ reactions to this fresh piece of managerial news…
— Richard Tanner (@RPT159) October 12, 2019
Massive gamble if true. He’s got no experience of the lower leagues, has a poor record as a manager in Sweden & will be inheriting a poor squad who have massively underperformed this season and whose confidence is shot to pieces & who don’t know how to defend. Miracle required!
— Martin Harris (@tommyharris57) October 12, 2019
Wonderful news chris the title charge is back on
— Liäm buckley7 (@liambuckley7) October 12, 2019
Sounds like fun
— Oliver Gray (@Ollie_9) October 12, 2019
I hope he is that good because we have Wombles again on Nov 12th 😥
— Tezza (@Tezza_SUFC) October 12, 2019
Something positive at last . Could be very good if they are investing in the club as well.
— Matt price (@Mattpri88831261) October 12, 2019
A point worth noting Dirk Kuyt was after a club as part of a wealthy consortium maybe he can bring that wealth into Southend might be a shrewd move
— Chris Jarvis (@gemchris1977) October 13, 2019
Can Larsson steer Southend to safety?