We’re delighted to announce Craig Fagan has been appointed as the club’s U23 manager.
The former Hull City winger has most recently been coaching the Championship side’s U23 team.
Before that the 36-year-old had worked with the U16s at Southend.
Fagan made over 350 career appearances in the game and was part of the Tigers’ side that won promotion to the Premier League.
And Ricky Duncan expressed his delight to bring Fagan in as U23 Manager and says his knowledge of the Academy already will help him settle into the role.
"We did an interview process, we advertised the job and Craig applied like everyone else," said Duncan.
"We had a lot of good candidates for the role and Craig came out on top in that, so I’m pleased that we’ve got him.
"He knows all the players and he’s a very good coach.
"Craig will bring a lot of his playing experience, he knows how we like to coach and he knows how we want to produce players and the values we’ve got as an Academy.
"Having worked for us part-time a while ago we got to know him. At the time he came and spoke to us that he wanted to get on his coaching pathway so he worked for over a year within the Academy before leaving to go to Hull.
"I think his enthusiasm in the interview to want to come back to Southend really swayed it. He’s had to resign his post at Hull which shows he’s prepared to do that. That speaks volumes that he wants to achieve something here.”
On joining Blues, Fagan said: "I’m coming to somewhere which I already know and had some joy in a sense that some of the lads that are already here when I was coaching the U16s ended up getting scholars.
"That’s a bit of a draw to come back and be involved with these lads again, so I can’t wait to get started.
"It’s U23 Manager which is a bit more added responsibility to what I was doing at Hull so it’s another step in the right direction for me.
"I’ve worked with everyone in the Academy before; Ian Hart, Head of Coaching, Danny Heath the U18s Manager who I will be working closely with and others, so it will be an easier transition but I still want to be testing myself on the training field and making the players better.
"The way that the Academy coach at Southend they’re getting the lads ready to be in the first team because that is the next step, but not only that. They’re getting lads ready to forge a career in the game which I like, if not for us then for someone else, which I think it should be."