Sol Campbell departs as Southend United manager by mutual consent after relegation

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. Sol arrived at a time when the team were struggling and began to make a difference just as Covid-19 interrupted the season.”

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The Shrimpers had won just four of their 35 games when the League One season was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The spokesman continued: “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.”

Also departing Southend are Hermann Hreidarsson, Andy Cole and Tony Colbert.


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Norwich set to sign Sunderland’s Bali Mumba in £350,000 deal

Norwich City have agreed a £350,000 deal to sign Sunderland youngster Bali Mumba.

The 18-year-old central midfielder is set to sign a three-year deal at Carrow Road with the option of a fourth.

Mumba is an England U19 international who has been playing for Sunderland’s U23s in Premier League 2 this season.

He has made just eight first-team appearances for the Black Cats but is considered an exciting prospect in the England youth set-up.

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