Campbell leaves Southend by mutual consent after League One relegation


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup - First Round - Dover Athletic v Southend United - The Perrys Crabble Stadium, Kent, Britain - November 10, 2019 Southend United manager Sol Campbell reacts Action Images/Alan Walter/File Photo

(Reuters) - Southend United manager Sol Campbell and his backroom staff have left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday after their relegation to League Two (fourth-tier).

Campbell, 45, took over as Southend manager in October last year but won only four of his 23 games in charge.

Southend were relegated from League One (third-tier) after the season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Sol's use of the club's young talent was a breath of fresh air who responded well to his stewardship," a spokesperson for Southend said in a statement https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2020/june/sol-campbell-leaves-club.

"The club wishes to thank Sol and wish him, together with his management team, well for the future."

Campbell picked up his first win against Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy in November last year, while his first league victory came against Accrington Stanley in January.

"I have really enjoyed my time at Southend and whilst it was a difficult time fighting relegation, I still enjoyed the experience," the former Arsenal and England defender said.

"... The club have an exciting future with the plans for the new stadium in place, but with the COVID-19 situation having a profound effect on businesses, I am keen not to be a financial burden."

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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