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Time to make Ricky Duncan Director of Football

Yorkshire Blue

Super Moderator
Staff member
Oct 27, 2003
We can't continue with the managerial merry-go-round we've endured these last few years. We need some stability and long term planning.

The one aspect of the club that has been a success these last five years has been the Academy under the leadership and direction of Ricky Duncan. Leverage that and give him responsibility for the direction of the entire footballing aspect of the club. As DoF it wouldn't be his responsibility to coach or select the first team but it would be his responsibility to chart a way forward, establishing a Southend style of play and standards to be replicated from youths through to the first team.

Let him choose a head coach that subscribes to the same philosophy. Ron's record of appointing managers has been patchy at best anyway - remember Tilly fell into the job by luck when Martin wanted Ian Atkins. Pass that responsibility onto Ricky Duncan so that he can appoint someone that fits his vision and can ensure that our youth team products continue to graduate to the first team.