Southend United are delighted to announce Ellis Gamon as the club’s Virtual Manager for the upcoming Football Manager 2020 competition against 53 other EFL clubs.
Following our call last week for supporters to send in their Football Manager CVs, the 'virtual manager selection committee' has made its choice...
Gamon, 19 from Leigh-on-Sea, will take the reins of the Blues after managing at the likes of Kursaal Rovers (Football Manager 2016 create a club mode) with whom he famously beat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final, San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, where he won three successive MLS titles and Chelsea, leading them to a remarkable quadruple success.
But Southend fans will also remember him from his Football Manager 2015 save when he guided the club to the top of English football!
On being appointed, Gamon had plenty to say!
"It means the world to become the virtual Southend United manager,” he began.
"As a lifelong Blues fan and a Football Manager fanatic, an opportunity like this doesn't come up very often. I have a great knowledge of the club and to be involved directly with the club is a true honour.
"I suppose it relates to that age old question “are you a suited manager or a tracksuit manager”. I believe the top half shirt and tie, and bottom half tracky bottoms. I’m only kidding, but you have to be adaptable in a manager's role. Hands on with the players but smart for gameday. I want to be involved in every aspect of the virtual club, rolling my sleeves up with every opportunity.
"Obviously, I want us to achieve big things with this tournament and really let the big boys in the tournament know that the Blues really mean business.
"I want us to kick on and get some good results and cause a few upsets on our journey through the tournament.
"Behind every good club is an even better set of fans, so I think the fans have a really big part to play in this tournament. I know during this tough time there is no real-world football being played at this moment. This is why I want the fans to be with us and supporting us all the way through this tournament. I’ll be keeping close contact with the fans to let them know their support is truly appreciated.”
More information regarding the tournament and its format will released in the coming days.