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Southend manager on the verge of quitting

Southend manager Sol Campbell is on the verge of quitting after the club were slammed for furloughing some of their players.

The former footballer has reportedly had enough of his nightmare spell as Shrimpers boss, with the club in the League One relegation zone.

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Southend are 16 points off safety and have twice been charged by the EFL for not paying players on time this season.

The most recent row between the club and players is over the first team squad being asked to defer 50 per cent of wages.

Campbell, who has been sympathetic towards his footballers, has been hit badly by financial constraints since joining last October. Now the Southend manager is on the verge of quitting.

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Owner Ron Martin has furloughed six of his highest-paid players and 59 backroom staff.

In a statement, the PFA said: “We’re extremely disappointed with the statement made by Ron Martin, which represents an unfair portrayal of the players and an inaccurate reflection of the club’s situation.

“Throughout this season, the club has consistently let its players down with regards to late or non-payments of salaries. Despite the distress this caused, players responded in a professional manner, continued to train and felt a duty to complete fixtures.”

But speaking to talkSPORT, Martin hit back: “I’m surprised the PFA have come out and said that.

“Everybody else at the club accepted the situation, with the exception of six players.

“Everybody else has been paid in full, and those six were paid in full up to the furloughing start date.

“After that they were paid the remaining proportion of their wages.”

In March, prior to the season being suspended, Campbell was left fearing that the club would be hit with a points deduction.

They have already been hit by two misconduct charges from the EFL for the late payment of players and have also been charged for fielding an ineligible player.

Campbell performed a miracle when he managed  Macclesfield Town between November 2018 and August 2019.

He came in with the Silkmen bottom of League Two and five points adrift of safety, before finishing 22nd, three points above the bottom two relegation places,  staying up on the last day of the season with a 1–1 draw with Cambridge United, which nearly didn’t go ahead due to the players’ threat to boycott.

He oversaw eight wins and 12 draws in his 30 games in charge, before then resigning the financially troubled club on 15 August 2019.

In December 2019, Campbell backed a HM Revenue and Customs bid to wind-up the club, claiming to be owed £180,000.

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