Southend manager Sol Campbell and his backroom staff have left the club by mutual consent. The former England international defender joined the Essex club in October but was unable to avoid their relegation to League Two.

A Southend spokesperson said: “We thank Sol Campbell for his support as chairman. Sol came at a time when the team was struggling and began to make a difference just as Covid-19 had cut off the season.

The Shrimpers had played just four of their 35 games when the League One season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The spokesman continued: “Sol’s use of the club’s young talent has been a breath of fresh air, well reacting to his management. The club would like to thank Sol, and wish him and his management team well for the future.”

Hermann Hreidarsson, Andy Cole, and Tony Colbert leave Southend too.

Campbell said: “I truly enjoyed my time at Southend United and I enjoyed the experience while battling relegation was a tough time. We also managed to bring good results together, while also offering debuts to some promising young players from the club.”

Southend has a fantastic collection of young players from the academy coming through that was clear in our 3-1 home victory over Bristol Rovers in our last game before lockdown.

“There are issues about how suddenly the season ended, and with what points we thought might have been accrued. However, with the plans for the new stadium in place, the club has an exciting future, but with the current global situation of Covid-19 having a profound effect on business, I’m keen not to be a financial burden on the club.”

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