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Southend United appoint ex-England defender Sol Campbell as new boss

Sol Campbell is Southend's new manager. Credit: PA

Southend United have appointed former England defender Sol Campbell as their new manager.

Campbell, 45, has signed a contract at Roots Hall until the end of the 2021/2022 season.

He will be assisted by former Ipswich Town defender Hermann Hreiðarsson, while Manchester United legend Andy Cole will also be part of his coaching team.

Campbell, who played for both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal during his stellar playing career, saved Macclesfield Town from relegation from League Two last season in his first managerial job.

Hermann Hreiðarsson and Andy Cole will be part of Campbell's coaching staff. Credit: PA

The Shrimpers have been searching for a new manager since Kevin Bond resigned in early September.

It had looked like they were going to name ex-Celtic striker Henrik Larsson as their new boss but the deal fell through at the final hurdle.

Southend are in the relegation zone in League One having only won one of their 13 games this season.

Campbell's first match in charge will be against local rivals Ipswich Town at Roots Hall on Saturday.