Tough season for Shrimpers

Rotherham Utd vs Southend Utd

Don Valley Stadium, January 15, 3pm

Southend Utd

THIS season was always going to be tough for Southend following relegation from League One.

Month after month of financial struggle saw the club stripped of all its assetts including boss Steve Tilson who masterminded the rise to the Championship in 2006.

Eyebrows were raised when Paul Sturrock chose to take the reigns at Roots Hall, especially with Southend tipped for a second straight relegation.

But some shrewd signings seem to have done the trick, and although not setting League Two alight, the Shrimpers are holding their won in midtable.

WILY Scot Sturrock has a track record of producing the goods in the lower echelons of the Football League.

After beginning his managerial career north of the border, he orchestrated the rise of Plymouth from the bottom tier to the Championship before joining Sheffield Wednesday.

He countered promotion with the Owls and Swindon with a controversially short spell at Southampton and a poor return to Plymouth.

STAR MAN

WHEN looking for a striker to help stop the rot at Southend, Paul Sturrock kept the faith with 6ft3 Barry Corr who played under him at Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon.

And 10 goals so far this season has been just reward.

Similarly awkward as Peter Crouch, Corr flopped with the Owls but showed his ability with Swindon and became somewhat of a fan favourite before joining Exeter last season.