Southend have announced the appointment of Sol Campbell as their new manager.
The former England centre-back, who left his role as Macclesfield boss in the summer, has signed a deal until the end of the 2021/22 season at Roots Hall.
Campbell takes over a team second from bottom of League One with just one win from 13 games.
Campbell kept Macclesfield in League Two against the odds in his first managerial role, having taken over last November with the side seven points from safety, but he faces arguably an even tougher task at the Shrimpers.
Southend are already eight points from safety, with only crisis-club Bolton keeping them off the foot of the table, and have taken just one point from their last four games.
He will take over from caretaker Gary Waddock following Tuesday night's home game with Doncaster.
His first match in charge will be at home to leaders Ipswich on Saturday.
Campbell will be assisted by Hermann Hreidarsson, while former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has been named as his forward and attack coach.
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