- Jan 19, 2015
- Reaction score
- Southend United
So difficult to say, he came into a really shit situation, which got shitter, yet he made some truly baffling decisions while trying to employ some kind of Premier League sports science and Opta Stats mega clever thinking while having none of the resources to actually implement it at all.Apart from the fact he's a club legend from his playing days I dont know much about Molesley as a manager, but I get the impression from a few Southend fans on here that he wasn't as bad as results suggested last season?
My biggest disappointment with him was that he came from a majority youth/u23 coaching background yet our kids we had to play due to embargo and having no one else looked utterly hopeless under him.
Sol Campbell had got them playing the season before, they were playing out of their skin and starting to win and pick up points in League One, yet the same 18 year olds under Molesley looked exactly what they were, kids thrown in at the deep end.
It started terribly, nobody expected any less, then when we finally got the embargo lifted and were able to register more senior players, like Akinola, we started to pull together and I thought MM had really turned a corner, learnt from trying to play out from the keeper like we were Man City, we became hard to beat, went on a 9 match unbeaten run which got us back to the rest of the division who'd left us behind.
Then he just threw it all out the window in January, we literally changed everything, formation, started thumping it long or into channels it was so strange. We had a 4 match losing run in which we were dreadful, probably the worst football I've ever seen Southend play and that was that we never recovered.
I wondered in hindsight, after finding out Ron had approached Phil Brown in November about the job, whether MM thought 'fuck this, I'm a dead man walking'.
So all in all yeah, I don't think any Southend fans can help you with what he's truly like coaching and management wise, we've been an anomaly for a while now when it comes to judging managers, they're getting very little help or hope while the club is run into the ground.
I wish him all the best with you though, it must have been horrendous being around this toxic club day in day out.
And clearly Akinola will be with you soon.