Former Celtic, Barcelona and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson is reportedly one of the five possible candidates in discussions with League One side Southend United to become the next Seasiders boss.
The 48-year-old former Sweden international has been spotted at the last two Southend matches, while chairman Ron Martin has said he is going to Stockholm to “meet potential backroom staff’ ahead of the new managerial appointment.
Previous manager Kevin Bond resigned as Southend boss on 6 September after six straight defeats, and the club had announced at the time that they would be making no rash decisions over appointing his replacement, taking the time to properly evaluate each potential candidate against their club ethos and objectives.
Larsson is undoubtedly the most high profile of five shortlisted names in contention for the job, which includes current caretaker manager Gary Waddock, but is by no means assured of the position.
Following a glistening European footballing career, Larsson returned to his native Sweden where he took up management at a number of lower division clubs, working his way up the ranks to having most recently managed Swedish side Helsingborgs, leaving in 2019 after experiencing a tumultuous relationship with a section of the club’s supporters.