Next Southend United Manager: Why Sol Campbell could prove to be a gamble worth taking

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 October 2019, 16:59

Back in August Sol Campbell became the first of the 92 managers operating in the Premier League and Football League to leave his post after he parted ways with Macclesfield Town just two games into the new season.

Campbell has since been linked with numerous managerial posts, from Sheffield Wednesday to Huddersfield, and Leyton Orient to Lincoln City.

He was also one of the early names in the frame for the Southend United job following the departure of Kevin Bond a month ago, before drifting out to 33/1 as the likes of Henrik Larsson, Gary Waddock and Adam Barrett took over and dominated the top echelons of the market.

However, the 45-year-old has now been slashed to 7/2 (Paddy Power) after the Essex Echo revealed that the former Macclesfield manager has been interviewed for the League One vacancy, with the club’s chairman, Ron Martin, telling the publication:

"Sol is a passionate, eloquent individual. One can perhaps understand why Sol succeeded against the odds at Macclesfield."

Earlier this week all fingers pointed towards Larsson getting the job, with Martin jetting over to Sweden to meet potential backroom staff, only for the Swedish icon - who has an average managerial record - to since drift in the betting from the odds-on frontrunner out to 9/2.

READ: Why Henrik Larsson is the wrong manager for Southend United

Southend’s former captain Adam Barrett, now first-team coach at Millwall, now leads the way at the summit of the market, but it’s believed that caretaker manager Gary Waddock is unlikely to be handed the job on a full-time basis.

The news that Campbell has been interviewed makes for interesting reading, after all he has experience of rescuing a team from the dreaded drop.

Just under a year ago in late November 2018 he was handed his first managerial post at Macclesfield, who were rooted to the foot of the Football League, seven points off safety.

In difficult financial circumstances he swatted away criticism of his appointment, restored self-belief, changed the negative atmosphere, raised spirits, and in turn kept the club in League Two after registering 31 points from 26 games.

League One represents a step up but Campbell isn’t exactly short of confidence and he’s already proved that in a short period of time how swiftly he can adapt to new surroundings.

Given 21st-placed Southend’s current struggles - one win in 10 games this season - he could well be a gamble worth taking.

 

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