Graham Coughlan confirms he's staying a Shrimper

25 May 2011 12:52
Southend United player/coach and former Shrewsbury skipper Graham Coughlan has also seen service with Blues boss Paul Sturrock at Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle has now confirmed he's satying with the club. Graham Coughlan; might still be needed as a player as well as a coachThe veteran defender Graham Coughlan turned out 35 times at centre-back last season as well as helping out Blues boss Paul Sturrock on the coaching front with the first team and actually being in charge of the reserves.Not a bad work load, so in these tough times in south-east Essex it's not surprising that the club want him to stay as his present contract comes to an end, and word from the club has reached Echo journalist Chris Phillips that everything is indeed set to remain the same.Though the predicted promotion to an assistant manager title doesn't look as if it's going to happen, with our finances there was never going to be someone brought in, then again what's in a name, he's doing more jobs than most No.2's, hope he get's the dosh!Phillips tweeted on CJPhillips1982: "Coaching set up to remain the same at Blues next season, with part time help from others."'Part time', senior players such as Shrimpers skipper Craig Easton stepping up to the plate more? We will see.Anyway, a club 'source' told last week: "Both Paul Sturrock and the board are keen to retain Graham in both a first team coach and player role. It is believed a deal is being negotiated at the moment." So with the Phillips tweet, expect official confirmation very soon. Nice to be Coughlan FilesPersonal informationFull nameGraham CoughlanDate of birth18 November 1974 (1974-11-18) (age 36)Place of birthDublin, Republic of IrelandHeight6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Playing positionCentre backClub informationCurrent clubSouthend United (player-coach)Number5Youth career1993-1994Cherry OrchardSenior career*YearsTeamApps†(Gls)†1994-1995Bray Wanderers11(0)1995-1999Blackburn Rovers0(0)1997→ Swindon Town (loan)3(0)1999→ Livingston (loan)6(0)1999-2001Livingston50(2)2001-2005Plymouth Argyle177(25)2005-2007Sheffield Wednesday51(5)2007→ Burnley (loan)2(0)2007-2008Rotherham United45(1)2008-2010Shrewsbury Town78(6)2010-Southend United33(0)* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:54, 8 May 2011 (UTC).† Appearances (Goals).(Player info from Wikipedia, for the full article go here: That's the coaching sorted then, what about where you believe the Shrimpers squad should be strengthened, let's have you're thoughts an exact science, i.e. put attacking central midfielder or striker who lays off Big Baz, but it will give an idea of the thoughts where the team are believed to be weakest.)


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