Southend United next manager odds
Southend United next manager after Gary Waddock
Southend United – Gary Waddock
The current managerial position at Southend United is vacant following the resignation of Kevin Bond with the club lying in 22nd in the League One table with one win in their last four. There had been intense speculation linking a managerial team of Dirk Kuyt and Henrik Larsson, two old-school footballing icons, to the role. However, talks have since broken down. That leaves Gary Waddock in charge in a caretaker capacity until he either takes the job on a permanent basis or another suitable candidate is identified.
Waddock was born in Kingsbury, England in 1962. Despite his place of birth, he represented the Republic of Ireland at four different levels / (Under-21, 'B', Under-23 and senior). Southend is his seventh managerial position - his experience might suggest he is the perfect candidate to be handed the position on a permanent basis. Before he moved into the world of coaching however, Waddock enjoyed a career which lasted nearly two decades during which he played for six different clubs, five in England and one in Belgium.
Waddock began his football education with London club Queen's Park Rangers where he graduated through the academy system before being promoted to the senior squad in 1979. The Rs would turn out to be the club for which Waddock would play the most football; he spent eight years at Loftus Road and played 203 times, scoring eight goals form midfield in the process.
Following this, he moved to Charleroi in Belgium for his first and last stint abroad. Over the course of two campaigns, Waddock played 40 times and scored one goal. He decided to end his foreign experiment in 1989 and moved back to England with Milwall - here he played 58 times and scored twice in another two-season spell. When his time at The Den was up, he briefly moved back to his parent club QPR only to not make a single appearance. He was loaned out to Swindon Town, where he made a handful of appearances before leaving the club permanently.
He then spent two successful seasons with Bristol Rovers, playing 71 times and scoring once. To finish his career, Waddock moved to Luton Town. He played for four final years, appearing 153 times and scoring three times.
He moved back to QPR when he began his managerial career in 2006. He perhaps made the jump into coaching too early - his QPR side were bottom of the table when he was sacked after a less of year. Following this disappointing start, he moved to Aldershot Town where he really began to make a name for himself in management. He achieved promotion to League Two with the club at the end of the 2007/08 campaign. During the same season he led his team to triumph in the Conference League Cup.
He was rewarded for his exploits with a move to Wycombe Wanderers. He stayed at the club for three seasons. In the second, he led Wycombe to promotion from League Two into League One. Unfortunately, however, Wycombe were relegated in their first season in the third division.
Next, he moved to Oxford United. His time with the club was unsuccessful; he was sacked less than six months into his reign after failing to guide them into the play-offs. After a brief spell in charge of Portsmouth as caretaker, Waddock spent three years in charge of Aldershot Town. Now, he finds himself in charge of Southend, again as caretaker. He will certainly be hoping to take the job on a permanent basis.