Waddock remains focused despite continued managerial rumours

Southend United v Doncaster Rovers – Roots Hall Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 7:45pm

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With Sol Campbell’s name once again being banded around in connection with the managerial position at Southend United, many could forgive caretaker-boss, Gary Waddock, from being a little dispirited.

Waddock has done an amicable job at Roots Hall under hugely testing substances – a fact most Blues supporters would acknowledge. However, the former Republic of Ireland international remained remarkably dignified, particularly when asked whether the constant links was a little soul-destroying.

“It is out of our hands for me and the staff – it is completely out of our hands,” he explained.

“We just get on with the job on a day-to-day basis and we are not going to change now. We have been professional throughout this process – we are not going to change now. We will continue to do the work we have been doing (until) whenever we are told otherwise – we will keep working in a professional manner.”

When asked if there was a ‘handing over’ process if and when a new manager is announced, Waddock added: “No, normally you are told by the chairman. When that appointment is made they will inform me and the staff like they do at other clubs.

“When that appointment is made I’m sure we’ll get that call.”

Blues picked up a share of the spoils from Friday evenings tricky trip to Tranmere Rovers – something they will be keen to build on when Doncaster Rovers are the visitors to Roots Hall in Sky Bet League One. Speaking ahead of the match, Waddock said: “They are a good side, they have good players at this level.

“They are a possession-based side, they want to keep the ball, they want to play through the thirds of the pitch. We have to be very compact and solid, and obviously, try to catch them when they are trying to be expansive.

“The players know what to expect. We’ve got something in place and hopefully, we can take that onto the field tomorrow evening.”

Goalkeeper, Mark Oxley, returns to the squad while Waddock confirmed defender, Elvis Bwmono, is fit and in contention to face Rovers.

Southend United v Doncaster Rovers – Head to head:

Southend United won: 13
Drawn: 7
Doncaster Rovers won: 17

Southend United v Doncaster Rovers – Last five meetings (all competitions):

January 2, 2016 – League One
Southend United 0-3 Doncaster Rovers

October 7, 2017 – League One
Doncaster Rover 4-1 Southend United

March 10, 2018 – League One
Southend United 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

August 4, 2018 – League One
Southend United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers

February 12, 2019 – League One
Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Southend United

Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-2 Doncaster Rovers

Brian Jeeves

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