Tuesday, 8 December 2009

"Farewell Southend..."

"Farewell Southend, it was good while it lasted" - Former Southend United Manager, Scott Richards.


Today the football world recieved shocking news that after a fifth consecutive season, plagued with success, Scott Richards resigned as Southend United Manager.


"It's been one heck of a run!" the Special One said, "Everybody has been fantastic. I'd like to thank the Players, the Staff and especially the Board for making me welcome. For allowing me to work freely at my own standards, and pace. And for making this last half a decade the best I've ever had".

When asked if he ever expected this sort of success, he responded "I don't think anybody could ever have expected this sort of success!"

"I was hired here because the Board considered me to be the best, fresh and youngest option available."

"I was thrilled to be given such a precious opportunity, and I wanted to sieze it".


Scott Richards revealed "I never had any real plan to leave. I'd been teased with offers from great cubs worldwide, and I felt like now was the perfect time. The team had grown into a whole new squad of fresh, young and quick players who can look after themselves".

"Good luck succeeding me!" he targeted to the next Southend manager.


We spoke to a few of the players, including one of Scott Richards star signings many years ago, Seydou Doumbia, who said "I can't believe he's leaving. I'd love to go with him!"

"He brought me to a young and inexperienced team about 4 years ago. Since then, I've grown into a whole new and better player. The whole squad has too."


Starting squad in 2009-10 season:

GK - S. Mildenhall
RB - S. Francis
CB - A. Barrett
CB - J. Mvoto
LB - J. Herd
RM - J. Christophe
CM - A. Grant
CM - A. McCormack
LM - F. Moussa
ST - L. Barnard
ST - F. Laurent



Starting Squad in 2013-14 season:

GK - B. Magliocchetti
RB - K. Naughton
CB - E. Oliseh
CB - Emre Gungor
LB - Guilherme
RM - A. Lennon
CM - A. Grant
CM - H. Darchy
LM - Michel Bastos
ST - S. Ebanks-Blake
ST - S. Doumbia




Total Squad in 2013-14 season:

GK - B. Magliocchetti
GK - S. Ruud
GK - I. Joyce
RWB - D. Limbersky
RB - S. Francis
RB - K. Naughton
CB - A. Barrett
CB - J. Mvoto
CB - E. Oliseh
CB - Emre Gungor
LB - J. Herd
LWB - Guilherme
CDM - A. Grant
CDM - H. Darchy
RM - A. Sestu
RM - J. Christophe
CM - F. Moussa
CM - A. McCormack
CM - R. Goussens
LM - Michel Bastos
CAM - J. Peterson
CAM - B. Mostefa
RW - K. Betsy
RW - M. Falkenburg
RW - M. Halfar
RW - A. Lennon
ST - I. Klasnic
ST - S. Ebanks-Blake
ST - S. Doumbia
LW - Ayoze


Players Sold:

CB - Vagner
ST - L. Barnard
ST - F. Laurent
ST - J. Walker
ST - A. Revell
ST - C. Calver
ST - J. Hazell
CM - S. O'Keefe
CM - L. Sawyer
RW - D. Scannell
RB - O. Sankofa


Retired:

GK - S. Mildenhall
ST - D. Freedman





In the Summer Transfer Window after Scott Richards departure, the new Southend United Manager clearly knew what he was doing, when he sold Jean-Francois Christophe, a member of the saturated Right-Wing position in the Southend squad, for a great profit of £2.4m to Galatasaray SK.


Scott Richards brought a 1.5 star team to 4.5 stars. Near perfection.


2009-10: Coca-Cola League 1

Position: 1st
Record: W39-D8-L3
Points: 125

Cups:

Johnstone's Paint Trophy
FA Cup
Coca-Cola League 1 Title



2010-11: Coca-Cola Championship

Position: 1st
Record: W36-D7-L7
Points: 115

Cups:

FA Community Shield
Carling Cup
UEFA Europa League
FA Cup
Coca-Cola Championship Title



2011-12: Barclays Premier League

Position: 1st
Record: W30-D8-L4
Points: 98

Cups:
FA Community Shield
UEFA Copa Europe
Carling Cup
UEFA Europa League
FA Cup
Barclays Premier League Title



2012-13: Barclays Premier League

Position: 1st
Record: W31-D6-L5
Points: 99

Cups:

FA Community Shield
UEFA Copa Europe
Carling Cup
UEFA Europa League
FA Cup
Barclays Premier League Title



2013-14: Barclays Premier League

Position: 1st
Record: W30-D8-L4
Points: 98

Cups:

FA Community Shield
UEFA Copa Europe
Carling Cup
UEFA Europa League
FA Cup
Barclays Premier League Title






Scott Richards made a move to Real Madrid, where he was treated to a £2 billion budget""

Monday, 7 December 2009

My Manager Mode with Southend United

Hi, so what was it? My 3rd Season when I last posted on this blog?

Buddy, I've come a long way. So let me take you back to that third season. I had just joined the Premier League.

Southend United won that season, becoming the Champions, they also won every cup competition they could. The FA Community Shield, the Copa Europe Cup, the Carling Cup, the Europa League and the FA Cup.


It went down in history as the most incredible season ever. The first time, since records began, that we had seen one team take every trophy home with them. Southend United and the fans celebrated bigger than ever with their success.

Most of the media piled onto Scott Richards, the most impactful and successful manager in history. He didn't have too much to say:

"I joined a really strong team. My predeccessor managing this team really cut out my work for me. Obviously we've had to let a few great players go, but in return our success has provided alot of money, and we've bought some highly skilled players with that money. These players have settled perfectly in the squad, and contribute greatly to the team."

As the fourth season started, Scott Richards was left with £30m to spend. With the majority of this money, S. Richards bought Michel Bastos, a highly skilled Left Winger who would relieve the stress from Ayoze, the only left winger in the squad.

Michel Bastos had a fantastic season, scoring multiple goals, setting up many more, and doing just what Scott Richards hoped, taking stress from Ayoze, and contributing to the already fantastic squad.

As the season began, 38 year old Douglas Freedman announced this would be his final season, and then he would retire. Freedman had a fantastic final season. Scoring many goals, including scoring the winner in the FA Cup final to spoil the incredible cup run from Swansea City. And also in the Champions League final against Barcelona to confirm the victory during extra time. He went out of his career the happiest he's been, and with the most successful manager he says he's ever played under.

Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall also retired at the age of 35, he was a part of the Barclays Premier League team of the Season, as the goalkeeper.

That fourth season Southend United won it all again, except this time they won the Champions League rather than the Europa League.


The fifth season has just begun, Aaron Lennon was the star signing of the Summer, after Scott Richards was provided another £30m. Lennon will be a fine addition to the right wing, where Sestu plays, getting replaced by Christophe and Betsy when relevant.

Turkish centre back Emre Gungor was another star signing for Southend over the summer. With the loss of Vagner due to his decision to leave for another club without S. Richards permission, Barrett and Mvoto had been struggling to hold the defence without getting tired. Emre has become man of the match 3 times already, and shows no signs of tiring. His contribution to the team has been vital.


A scout has been sent out too, and has returned with a Dutch right winger. He's young and inexperienced, but has an incredible amount of potential. He has been improving since joining the club, and already has an assist and a goal under his name.



Players bought:

Sestu
Ayoze
Doumbia
Ebanks-Blake
Vagner
Peterson
Michel Bastos
Lennon
Emre Gungor
Limbersky
Guilherme
Naughton


and others I've forgotten.