The Arsenal legend has just taken charge of Roots Hall.
He told the Mirror, “I don't want to be pigeon-holed as a firefighter. I had a couple of interviews in the summer, at clubs whose natural habitat was mid-table, but this job was like a boomerang: It went away, and then it came back again.
“Hopefully what we did at Macclesfield last season will stand me in good stead. The facilities weren't Premier League standard – never mind a different planet, they were different galaxy – but we got stuck in together.
“It wasn't plain sailing, and when you are bottom of the table for such a long time the luck doesn't often fall your way, so we had to make our own luck.
“Every case is different, but what I want to do first and foremost at Southend is to get the players up to speed.
“We all like a party but when that becomes the main feature of your lifestyle as a footballer, I haven't got time for that. I don't know what happened in pre-season but they are not up to speed and they are not giving a true account of themselves."