Sol Campbell’s Southend United visit Bloomfield Road on Saturday, with Blackpool searching for an overdue victory to reignite a stuttering league campaign.
Southend have struggled in League One this season, and find themselves deep in a relegation battle with 16 matches to go. The club lie in 22nd place, 12 points clear of safety, having only tasted victory three times in the league this season. Sol Campbell’s men have leaked a total of 70 goals in the league, the most in the division behind Bolton Wanderers who have conceded 55.
Despite their league position and woeful defensive record, Sol Campbell has galvanized the squad in recent weeks. Two of their three league victories have come in their past three matches, thanks to hard fought wins over Accrington Stanley and Lincoln City. The club have also only lost one in their last five matches, so will prove a test to Simon Grayson’s men, who haven’t tasted a victory in ten matches.
Last Three Results:
- 1/2/20 – Southend United 2-1 Lincoln City – League One
- 28/1/20 – Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Southend United – League One
- 18/1/20 – Accrington Stanley 1-2 Southend United - League One
The Manager: Sol Campbell
Best known for his esteemed career in the Premier League with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, Sol Campbell joined Southend as manager in October 2019, replacing Gary Waddock.
The 45-year-old made close to 500 appearances in the Premier League as a player and also represented England a total of 73 times. Since retirement from playing, Campbell has gone into management, taking his first job at Macclesfield Town in 2018, who he managed to guide to safety from relegation out of the Football League, despite major financial problems at the club.
Campbell left Macclesfield in August 2019 by mutual agreement, before moving to Roots Hall two months later.
Star Man: Stephen McLaughlin
McLaughlin is one of the longest serving members of the Southend squad, having joined them from Nottingham Forest back in 2015.
Initially in a loan stint at Roots Hall, McLaughlin impressed, helping the club secure promotion to League One through the play-offs, before securing a permanent move in the summer.
The 29-year-old winger has racked up over 130 appearances for the Shrimpers, scoring 21 goals in all competitions. His main contribution has been through his assists, however, with the winger providing his team mates with six goals in all competitions this season.