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Southend United next manager after Mark Molesley
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Mark Molesley was born on the 11th March 1981 in Hillingdon. He started his playing career as an 18-year-old playing for amateur club Hayes, a team based in Greater London. He played here up until he was 24 and over this time, he played over 150 games, scoring 16 times as a midfielder. He is 6ft 1 in and so made a sturdy player who would never shunt a tackle. He then joined Cambridge City and made 30 appearances in his 1st season there, however he was granted the opportunity to join Conference National side, Aldershot. This was his 1st taste of semi-professional football and he helped them endure a 9th place finish come the end of the season.
The contract he was under only lasted one season, so he left to join Stevenage F.C. who were fellow competitors of Aldershot in the 5th tier. Whilst the team had a successful 6th place finish, Molesley barely featured at all as he only made 11 appearances, a half-dozen of them being off the bench. In 2009, he moved on a permanent deal to Bournemouth, after a successful loan spell the previous season. This was Molesley 1st shot at playing in the football league and the age of 28, he would not have many more chances. In the next 4 years he only played 43 games, and, in this time, he suffered unsuccessful loan stints with Aldershot and Plymouth Argyle. 2013 saw Molesley move to Exeter City who were stationed in League Two. As a 29-year-old, this was the height of his career and so after 11 games in League Two, Molesley resigned back down into non-league football to finish his career at Aldershot and Weymouth.
After retirement, he returned to former team, Bournemouth who were now a Premier League side, to take charge of the U-15 academy side. After a season, he was promoted to manager of the under 21’s. He shared this job with his part time manager job of Weymouth. In his 1st season he secured a 5th place finish in the Southern Football League Premier Divisions with 103 goals scored. In the following season, he and Weymouth won the Southern Football League Premier South on 86 points, scoring 96, conceding 51 and a had a huge helping hand by striker Brandon Goodship as he scored 39 league goals. A season in the National League South was going to be a test for Weymouth, however against all odds Weymouth snuck into 3rd and so took part in a play-off final game against Dartford which they won on penalties.
He was then announced as Southend United manager on August 13th 2020 on a 3-year contract. Southend in the previous season were relegated to League Two after finishing rock bottom of League One. Molesley’s job will be tough as he will have to settle the squad to avoid back to back relegations. In his one and only game as Southend manager so far, they lost 4-0 to newly promoted Harrogate Town.