Why not?…The John White Interview

Having interviewed former Colchester United and Southend United favourite John White at the start of the season, Yellow Sport’s Dave Bishop caught up with him again recently at the Dunmow Group Stadium to discuss his season so far at Braintree Town – as well as the fortunes of the U’s and Shrimpers.

“It has been a big adjustment now playing part-time and working but it is a new challenge and I am really enjoying it, White enthused.  

“Like I said when we first spoke, Angelo Harrup has completely rebuilt the squad from last season and we have really gelled well in the short time we have been together. We know we have some good players here at the club and felt from the start that if we could be in and around the play-off places at Christmas, we’d certainly have a good chance of going up come the end of the season.

“That has pretty much how it has worked out really with us in ninth spot and just five outside the play-offs now. To coin the old footballing cliché, we are not looking too far ahead but we haven’t lost a home match this season and there is a great team spirit amongst the lads so why not?”

White expressed his concern over Southend United’s current plight: “With regard to Southend, it is so sad to see,” he added.

“The support is fantastic and there has always been so much potential for them to have grown and achieved so much more than they have – rather along the lines of Brentford, who they were competing with at the same level not that long ago now and who are now holding their own in the Premier League. Unfortunately, cracks seem to have been papered over for too long leading to the position they find themselves. I was there for a long time and I just want to see good things for the club really.”

Having started his career in North Essex, the one-time U’s man was pleased to see Matt Broomfield turning Colchester United’s fortunes around: “Colchester have this time gone outside the recent ex-player managerial/head coach appointments they have made over the years and given the job to Matt Bloomfield, who seems to be moving the club in the right direction judging by a few recent results. They can’t be complacent though. Once again, it would be heartbreaking to see them drop into non-league as I have so many great memories of my time there.”

Having stepped away from the professional game, White spoke about the future: “I am really enjoying my new role teaching PE in schools within the Chelmsford area. I’m still learning and it is a completely new skill set. Hopefully, I will be taking my coaching badges in the not-too-distant future too.”

So, with Southend drawn at home to Braintree Town on Tuesday 10 (7:30pm) in the Essex Senior Cup, can the fans look forward to seeing John return to grace the turf on the night? 

“I am hoping to be available and there is a good chance I will play in the game, but you never know,”

Following his emotional final game in a Blues shirt against Torquay United on the last day of the season and his testimonial match the following week, I know that I speak for many when I say how happy it will make the fans to watch John (albeit this time wearing a Braintree Town jersey) in action back at Roots Hall once more tomorrow evening.