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Latest Rumours Sturrock & Widdrington/Players...

Smiffy

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Latest from the transfer rumours site. Obviously to be taken with a pinch of salt...

15 Jul 2010 13:22:50
New Southend United management duo, Paul Sturrock and Tommy Widdrington, are to seek urgent talks with Chairman, Ron Martin, on his return from his Cypriot holiday to seek immediate, unequivocal and tangible evidential assurances that the finances at the football club are such that they will enable them to undertake their duties. If these assurances are not provided they will resign (neither have yet seen, let alone sign a contract).

The club remains under a transfer embargo untiol 2 August at the earliest. This, seemingly, will not guarantee that the club will have enough players (only 8 currently on the books – more of this later) to undertake its fixtures. The Football League is monitoring this situation closely, and is likely to seek similar assurances as those sought my Messrs. Sturrck and Widdrington. League expulsion is a very real spectre.

Now, onto the eight remaining players under contract. Two others have signed frankly worthless, at present, pre–contract agreements. At least five of the eight have given notice of their intention to resign from the club (as was the case with four others who have now moved on after having their contracts cancelled due to non–payment of wages). Teh five are Franck Moussa (tracked by Hull City, Bradford City, Walsall and Derby County); Francis Laurent (tracked by Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers); Jean–Francois Christophe (seeking a return to France); Matt Paterson (tracked by Charlton Athletic); and Johnny Herd (tracked by Rushden and Diamonds and Cambridge United).

Finally, many supporters are holding onto the hope that supermarket giant Sainsbury's will not wish to be associated with closing down a football club. This is harsh business and five minutes of negative publicity is a price worth paying for one of the largest supermarkets in Europe.
 
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Southminster_Shrimper

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They wont need to resign if on 2nd August SUFC cant prove itself to be a viable business. They might aswell save wasting paper and ink in their biro.
 

Richard_Cadette

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It's not really a rumour, more like common sense. If we don't have the funds to bring in new players, and we're left with 8 pro's and a youth team, then of course they won't stick around. Sturrock has nothing to prove in terms of reputation, and I suspect he would not want to ruin the good one he has by staying here if he is unable to build any sort of team.

The flip side I expect is that should Sturrock walk, then Widdrington may then step up and become manager.... He would have little to lose and a lot to gain.
 

Alf Tupper

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reads to me like an ex-school kid with nothing else better to do with his time before he starts his new career as a Government artist.
 

Rayleigh boy

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thats a fair reading of the situation - the shame is that in between the easily acheivable deal with Sainsburys is an idiot called RM - the covenant on Roots Hall is the trump card (along perhaps with council) -

we need an active and representaive supporters group to make sure our wishes (a competitive professional football league club) are not binned off by a chairman who is happy to trash a well supported 100 year old football club in his machinations -

i wonder how training is going this week ?
 

Floval Flyer

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hmm, very 'glass half-empty' viewpoint? I'd say most unsettled players are being watched at this moment in time... which is basically our lot : - )
 

Clinton Baptiste

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Probably the same guy who always posts SUFC rumours on there which are always untrue. Moose to Derby, players to score an own goal as a protest etc.
 

pickledseal

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hmm, very 'glass half-empty' viewpoint? I'd say most unsettled players are being watched at this moment in time... which is basically our lot : - )

Yup they would be good free transfers for those clubs....

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Back to the carcass of a club!
 

Phippsy

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That does just read like a disgruntled fan, who would want some more hearsay spread around the interweb......Unfortunately these stories rarely have any factual content in them
 

Onion_Bag_Dave

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It's quite an in depth rumour.
Probably just a ****ed off fan or a knob fan on a wind up.
It all is possible though.
But you can tell from the way it is written it's just some bloke in a shed with a laptop, a bum bag and a Col U shirt on.
 

GBJ

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thats a fair reading of the situation - the shame is that in between the easily acheivable deal with Sainsburys is an idiot called RM - the covenant on Roots Hall is the trump card (along perhaps with council) -

we need an active and representaive supporters group to make sure our wishes (a competitive professional football league club) are not binned off by a chairman who is happy to trash a well supported 100 year old football club in his machinations -

i wonder how training is going this week ?

The Covenant is not worth the paper it is printed on.
 

BLUEBLOOD

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I think anyone who had lurked on here for the past couple of weeks could've cobbled that together without having a clue who Southend United are .. i myself said that PS & TW will quit due to failed promises from RM
 

Thorpe Groyney

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Surely it's plain to see?
I stopped taking it seriously when I read the words "transfer rumours site". Like Smiffy says, pinch of salt (if not a bucket), made up by someone who's googled Southend United news.
 

Gremlin

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Teh five are Franck Moussa (tracked by Hull City, Bradford City, Walsall and Derby County); Francis Laurent (tracked by Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers); Jean–Francois Christophe (seeking a return to France); Matt Paterson (tracked by Charlton Athletic); and Johnny Herd (tracked by Rushden and Diamonds and Cambridge United)

I reckon Osy wrote this.
 

Beefy

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The Covenant is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Not quite true. It wouldn't be worth anything if the football club was wound up or if we had a landlord who seriously wanted us to move on. But were it not for the covenant I think we'd be urgently looking for somewhere to groundshare for a couple of years right now.
 
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