Southend manager Sol Campbell has left the club by mutual assent with his backroom staff.
The previous international defender from England joined the Essex club in October however couldn’t forestall their relegation to League Two.
A Southend spokesman said: “We are grateful to Sol Campbell for his commitment as manager. Sol arrived at a time when the team was battling and started making a distinction similarly as Covid-19 had interrupted the season.”
The Shrimpers had won only four of their 35 games when the coronavirus pandemic upset the League One season.
The spokesman proceeded: “The utilization of the youthful talent of the club by Sol has been a breath of natural air, which has reacted well to his management. The club might want to thank Sol, and wish him well for the future along with his management team.”
Hermann Hreidarsson, Andy Cole, and Tony Colbert also depart from Southend.
Campbell said: “I really making the most of my time at Southend United and me despite everything delighted in the experience while it was a troublesome time battling relegation. We despite everything managed to assemble positive outcomes, while also offering introductions to a number of the club’s talented youthful players. Southend has a great gathering of youthful players coming through from the academy, which was clear in our 3-1 home win against Bristol Rovers in our last game before lockdown. There are clearly frustrations with how the season finished abruptly, and with what points we feel could have been amassed. Notwithstanding, the club has an energizing future with the plans for the new stadium in place, yet with the current global Covid-19 situation having a significant impact on organizations, I am sharp not to be a financial weight to the club.”
“I also want to thank the fans for their help all through my time at Southend and wish the club and all the care staff the absolute best for what’s to come.”
Campbell’s departure means there are presently just five managers in England’s top four levels who are from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds.