Southend legend reveals his choice for new manager

Ian Benjamin scored thirty-three league goals in one hundred and twenty-two appearances for Southend in a two-year spell that made him a Shrimpers legend, and he’s been having his say on the vacant manager’s position at Roots Hall.

Speaking to the Southend Echo, the former striker said he would love to see former boss Steve Tilson back in the hot seat.

The Fifty-three-year-old led the Blues to two successive promotions during his seven years with the club until financial problems led to his departure following relegation from League One in 2010. He then went on to manage Lincoln City, Canvey Ireland and C & K Basildon Ladies but he’s currently out of the game, heading up the football academy at South Essex College.


Benjamin holds Tilson in high regard and felt he deserved another chance in the professional game, hopefully with Southend. He said: ‘I feel that Steve Tilson deserves another chance as he stayed loyal to Southend when others came calling and also had success, taking the club up twice.’

‘He would also have watched some of the games this season and will have a good idea of what he would be coming into.’

‘I cannot believe that he has not been able to get a job in football after the success that he had.’

‘Hopefully, that can change soon.’

Tilson has been tipped to join another Southend legend Adam Barrett in the Roots Hall manager’s office, but if they go down another route, Benjamin hopes they take a good hard look at Sol Campbell. ‘The job he did at Macclesfield should not be underestimated,’ he remarked.

Southend are looking for a new boss after Kevin Bond’s decision to resign following a disastrous start to the season.

Our View

Tilson is rightly held in high regard by many in Southend after all achieved, but he lost his way during a disastrous spell at Lincoln.

It might work if he does join as Barrett’s assistant, giving the younger man the benefit of his vast experience away from the spotlight but his days as the top man are long gone.

However, Tilson still loves the club and Southend are missing a trick not having him involved in some capacity, having that amount of knowledge on your doorstep and not using it is a waste.


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