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30 June 2020 14:43

Bradford City A.F.C. Shrewsbury Town F.C. David Hopkin

Sol Campbell quits as Southend boss and leaves with Andy Cole after relegation from League One – The Sun

Sol Campbell has left Southend by mutual consent after the club were relegated to League Two. A club statement said: "We are grateful to Sol Campbell for his contribution whilst manager. Campbell won just four of his 23 games in charge of the Shrimpers, with the club sitting 16 points from safety when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. Campbell said: "I have really enjoyed my time at Southend United Football Club, and whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience. "We still managed to put together positive results, whilst also giving debuts to a number of the club's talented young players. 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 prevent their relegation to League Two. A spokesman for Southend said: "We are grateful to Sol Campbell for his contribution whilst manager. Club Statement: Sol Campbell and his backroom staff leave the club by mutual consent. Campbell said: "I have really enjoyed my time at Southend United and whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience. "We still managed to put together positive results, whilst also giving debuts to a number of the club's talented young players. The club confirmed that the former England defender and his staff have left the club by 'mutual consent', meaning that there are now just five BAME managers in English football's top four leagues.

Southend were relegated to League Two after the 2019-20 League One season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic - Campbell's backroom staff of Hermann Hreidarsson, Andy Cole and Tony Colbert also leave the club. Sol Campbell has left his role as Southend manager after just eight months in charge Former Arsenal and England defender Campbell joined the club in October 2019, after previously guiding Macclesfield to safety from League Two last season. A spokesman for the club said: 'We are grateful to Sol Campbell for his contribution whilst manager. 'Sol's use of the club's young talent was a breath of fresh air who responded well to his stewardship. The club wishes to thank Sol and wish him, together with his management team, well for the future.' England international Raheem Sterling has previously spoken about the lack of black football managers, and compared Campbell's situation to that of his former team-mates at international level: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

On the club website, Campbell said after his departure from Southend was confirmed: 'I have really enjoyed my time at Southend United Football Club, and whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience. Campbell could not save Southend from relegation as the League One season was cancelled SOL CAMPBELL has quit as boss of Southend United after the side's relegation from League One. 1 Sol Campbell has left his post as manager of Southend United The club's descent into League Two was confirmed earlier this month when sides voted to curtail the season and decide promotion and relegation on a points-per-game basis. A spokesman for Southend said: "We are grateful to Sol Campbell for his contribution whilst manager. "The club wishes to thank Sol and wish him, together with his management team, well for the future." He said: "I have really enjoyed my time at Southend United Football Club, and whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience. "We still managed to put together positive results, whilst also giving debuts to a number of the club's talented young players.

"I also want to thank the fans for their support throughout my time at Southend and wish the club and all the support staff the very best for the future." Sol Campbell began the season as manager of Macclesfield Town and took charge of Southend in October Former England defender Sol Campbell has left his role as manager of Southend United by mutual consent. Southend were relegated after the League One season was ended in June, three months after matches were halted by the coronavirus pandemic. "Whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience," Campbell said. Southend were in 22nd place and 17 points from safety when the season was ended and the final positions were decided on a points-per-game basis. Southend were 22nd having managed just one win from 14 games when the former Tottenham and Arsenal defender replaced previous boss Kevin Bond.

They won just three further league games during Campbell's time in charge. His assistants Hermann Hreidarsson, Andy Cole and Tony Colbert have also left the club. "There are obviously frustrations with how the season ended abruptly, and with what points we feel we could have been amassed," he said.