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The Horse with no Name⭐
Oct 27, 2003
The wilds of Kent
Is it true that you’ve twice been approached about the Southend manager’s job? (I remember the Express running the story about 10 years ago!)
Bernie Friend, Leigh on Sea
Yes, I was, you know. [A long pause]. I’ve been offered the Westend [er, that’s Southend, Sir Bobby] job twice. Now where was I when it first happened? [Another pause] I think I had come to the end of my contract at PSV and I had the choice of going home or on to Portugal (to Sporting Lisbon). I got an offer to take on Southend United and develop the club. I didn’t really think about it to be honest, Portugal was too good an offer. John Adams was chief executive at Southend and said I should consider taking on a smaller club as I’d done my big projects at home and abroad. I had other ideas though.

From a 4-4-2 interview with him.