PAUL Sturrock is aiming to become Southend United’s very own special one.

The Scotsman, who is attempting to transform the Shrimpers’ fortunes after their recent troubles, has learned from some of the top managers in the game.

But some — including current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho — have learned plenty from Sturrock, and it was the Southend boss who handed the Portugese chief his UEFA coaching badges at the start of his career.

“It was a while ago now, but that’s my claim to fame,” said Sturrock.

“I don’t really remember too much about it other than the fact he was working with Barcelona at the time and luckily enough he passed as well.

“I think I taught him everything he knows!”

Mourinho, who has dubbed himself the special one, has since gone on to secure success with FC Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan before taking charge of Madrid during the summer.

However, he is not the only top boss with links to Sturrock, as the 53-year-old also played for the Scotland side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson at the 1986 World Cup.

Sturrock has remained in touch with the legendary, long-serving Manchester United manager, but he is now firmly focused on enjoying success of his own at Southend.

After taking over a club in crisis, Sturrock has rebuilt the Blues squad with 17 new signings. They are now beginning to gel together and have triumphed in their last three matches, much to the delight of their manager.

“Coming to Southend was a huge challenge for me, but the type I love,” said Sturrock.

“The club had been on a downward spiral, but the players have responded well to the Port Vale defeat, which was disappointing.

“There is still plenty of hard work to do, but we’re getting there and can hopefully get another good result at Northamp-ton on Saturday now.”