Southend United v Ipswich Town – Roots Hall Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 3pm
Southend United v Ipswich Town – Preview:
SOL CAMPBELL faced the media for the first time since being appointed Southend United’s new manager and insisted he will be doing things his own way as he looks to guide the troubled club away from the Sky bet League One relegation zone.
The Blues have been in decline over a considerable period now with more experienced men in the hot seat. However, Campbell thought Southend’s current predicament proved that a new approach was required if the Seasiders are to turn their season around.
“Well, I think that experience, obviously, that’s not really going to count for anything because they have had the experience before and it has not worked out,” the former Spurs and Arsenal defender explained.
“I’m going to come with a different kind of attitude. Everybody’s got their own luck in the world – I think, for me, the Macclesfield scenario has held me in good stead. Yes, it was a lower league – this is a kind of different situation. But the elements are still the same.
Campbell continued: “Who knows, you always want it to be successful and I’ll fight tooth and nail for the players to push – and hopefully, it is successful. That is what we want to do – we want to stay up. But we don’t want to stay up on the last game scenario that I had last year. We’ve got good players and we can push up the league I think (with) a little bit of organisation and detail.
“I’m very good at detail, on the opposition and also my players. I know how to win games, I know what to do with players if they are slacking off, I know how to improve players as well. I’ll be putting everything into it to make sure these players get the five-start treatment and when you look holistically at individual players, I want them to get better individually and as a team to give us a fighting chance.
“Touch wood, it all goes well. That is what I’m fighting, that is what my staff is fighting for and that is what I will do, day and night, be ready for the fight, pushing every game, pushing every training – and that is what we’ve got to do.
“I haven’t got a crystal ball, but the main thing, we will work towards that and hopefully, we have a good season for us.”
Back-to-back defeats has seen visitors, Ipswich Town, slip from the top of the table. Nevertheless, Campbell thought they would provide his new charges with a tough task, adding: “I watched them last night – Ipswich. They had a tough outing but they can still play good football.
“They are a good side – we’ve got our work cut out for sure. It is just where we are at the moment. We can take advantage of how Ipswich is playing, but we need to step up our game really to be able to compete.
“The team can respond to that and start on a good footing. That is down to me, really.”
Southend United v Ipswich Town – Head to head:
Southend United won: 10
Ipswich Town won: 11
Southend United v Ipswich Town – Last five meetings (all competitions):
April 20, 1996 – League Division One
Southend United 2-1 Ipswich Town
November 9, 1996 – League Division One
Ipswich Town 1-1 Southend United
February 1, 1997 – League Division One
Southend United 0-0 Ipswich Town
October 21, 2006 – Championship
Southend United 1-3 Ipswich Town
March 10, 2007 – Championship
Ipswich Town 0-2 Southend United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 0-3 Ipswich Town