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""

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