SOUTHEND United manager Sol Campbell insists he is doing all he can to lift his squad at the crisis-hit club.

The vast majority of the Shrimpers squad are still waiting to receive their pay packets for February.

But Campbell is keen to focus on just the football and has his sights set on Saturday's clash against Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall. 

"Everyone knows what’s happening but I’m trying my best to work with the guys and make sure they’re mentally ready," said Campbell.

"I encourage them between training and that’s all I can do and want to do.

"But the group was good today and everyone was up for it.

"Everyone was fine and I try to create a happy environment in which people work hard and learn."

Blues have been beaten in their last six outings and sit second from bottom in the League One standings, 17 points from safety.

The club also remain under a transfer embargo due to money owed to HMRC.

But Campbell is trying to remain upbeat. 

"I understand the situation but I’m trying to counteract that," said the 45-year-old.

"Hopefully when they’re on the pitch they can forget what’s happening.

"We’re doing our best to keep the morale up and that’s all I can do.

"I can’t control what’s above me."

Blues host Bristol Rovers this weekend.

And it is Campbell's enjoyment of football which is keeping him at the club.

"It’s the football, that’s the only thing I’m looking at," said Campbell.

"I’m not looking at anything else.

"I’m just looking at the training and the games.

"That’s what’s keeping me going, I’m not looking at anything else."