Liverpool cult hero Dirk Kuyt is reportedly set to join Henrik Larsson in Southend United’s new management team.
Larsson has been tipped as the man to take the vacant job at Roots Hall after being spotted there twice this season – and now it has been claimed Kuyt will team up with him.
Kuyt was a cult hero at Liverpool , the Dutch forward spending six years with the club from 2006 to 2012, while Swedish striker Larsson scored 174 goals for Celtic between 1997 and 2004.
Larsson is in ‘pole position’ to fill the vacancy left by Kevin Bond last month, according to the Southend Echo , while Kuyt has been tipped to be his No2.
It is a leftfield appointment for a club struggling in 22nd place in League One, with Southend’s latest poor result a 4-1 defeat at home to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The claim about the potential new management team drew a mixed response from fans when posted on Twitter .
One joked that Kuyt, 39, “could put a shift in for us [on] right wing”.
But another said: “A team who have won 1 in 12 and just been thumped at home 4-1 by a relegation rival needs two ex superstar players who know nothing about the lower leagues of English football, this has a disaster written all over it.”
The pair do have some experience of coaching – although Larsson quit as manager of Swedish top-flight club Helsingborg in August following a defeat to third-tier side Oskarshamns.
Kuyt has been coaching with Feyenoord Under-19s since 2018.
Shrimpers chairman Ron Martin said on Friday that principle terms had been agreed with a candidate – with an announcement expected next week.
He wrote: “Great progress has been made this week.
“Progress not simply in shortening the club’s list of targets but settling the choice AND all the principal terms too.
“Indeed, within the last hour I believe there are no showstoppers enabling me to give you this positive news before the weekend.
“I am now targeting a press conference for Thursday and will confirm that when the ink is dry.”