Last night, Southend United announced their new manager less than an hour before their game with Doncaster Rovers kicked off, and the new man in charge at Roots Hall has been revealed as Sol Campbell.
Southend had been without a permanent manager since Kevin Bond left the side on 6th September after six straight defeats in League One, leaving Gary Waddock to take over since on a caretaker basis, including overseeing the 1-7 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
Campbell has past managerial experience with League Two side Macclesfield United, having taken over with the Silkmen last November, guiding the side that was then bottom of the Football League to safety on the final day of the season before departing in August, not long after the season had got underway.
Will Campbell be a success at Southend?
Campbell, however, wasn’t the first choice of the Shrimpers board. Former Celtic and Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson was all set to take on the role last week, however talks broke down at the final stages when Tommy Johnson, expected to be Southend’s head of recruitment, accepted an alternative deal elsewhere and talks were ended with Larsson and his proposed assistant Johan Mjallby.
Here, we take a look at reaction from Southend supporters over Campbell’s appointment…
Welcome u Beaty 😍😍😍😍
— Nathan (@_nathanph) October 22, 2019
I give it a month.
— Mickie Howard (@milkwood3551) October 22, 2019
I always doubted Sol until he performed wonders at Macc and i ate a huge chunk of humble pie. Without doubt this is a great appointment
— John Watson (@safetywatto) October 22, 2019
The ego has landed
— nick andrews (@nickandrews11) October 22, 2019
— Rob Halpin (@halpin76) October 22, 2019
Did a great job at Macc
— leefer (@leefer3) October 22, 2019
Can we say thanks to Gary Waddock he was in an unenviable position and stuck by the club.
— Neal Warren (@NealWarren1) October 22, 2019