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Southend Managers From Yesteryear - Paul Sturrock

22 May 2018

Paul Sturrock will be well known, not only to Blues fans, but to fans of Plymouth Argyle having managed both clubs during a managerial career spanning over three decades.

The former striker was a ‘one-club’ man as a player, spending his entire playing career at Dundee United where he scored 170 goals in 571 appearances for The Tangerines. 
 
Whilst at Tannadice, Sturrock won the Scottish Premiership, two Scottish League Cups and was a UEFA Cup finalist in 1987, and would go on to represent Scotland 20 times. 
 
Sturrock’s first foray into management came with St. Johnstone before a spell at his beloved Dundee United, but after just two games of the 2000-01 season, Sturrock left for Plymouth Argyle. 
 
By 2012, Sturrock had steered Argyle to the Third Division title with a record points haul before snatching the Second Division title just two years later. 
 
The Scotsman was made Blues boss in 2010 following a second spell at Home Park, and he was given the arduous task of building a squad almost from scratch with just five first team players signed. 
 
Sturrock would guide Southend to a mid-table finish in his first year in charge before taking the Blues to the brink of promotion the following season with a fourth place finish. 
 
Blues weren’t quite able to get beyond Crewe in the play-off semi-finals, but Sturrock was widely praised for getting the most of out the squad with a limited playing budget. 
 
Sturrock wasn’t able to push the club on the following season and – despite reaching the Football League Trophy Final – he left Southend in March 2013 with a win percentage of 41.61%. 
 
Sturrock retired from management just two years later, but he’ll forever be seen as one of Plymouth’s greatest ever managers and looked upon fondly at Roots Hall for guiding Southend through a difficult time in their history. 
 
Factfile
 
Date of Birth: 10th October 1956
Place of Birth: Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Managed Southend: 2010-2013
Playing Honours: Scottish League Cup 1980, 1981, Scottish Premier Division 1982-83
Managerial Honours: Scottish First Division 1996-97, English Third Division 2001-02, English Second Division 2003-04
Previous Clubs: St. Johnstone, Dundee Utd, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town

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