PETER Taylor feels managing Southend United is still an attractive proposition.

The Shrimpers are still looking to replace Sol Campbell who left Roots Hall at the end of June.

But Taylor believes whoever gets the job is taking on a good job, despite Blues’ recent struggles on and off the pitch.

“I look at Southend and I think the club is good to be at the level they’re at now,” said Taylor.

“When there’s a good spell you can get 8,000 or 9,000 people watching and the club’s got a good chance.

“Of course it’s a tough job but it’s a good job too.

“There are a lot of jobs out there which aren’t as good as the Southend one.”

Blues are back in League Two next season after enduring a poor campaign last time around.

And Taylor feels the Shrimpers need to ensure the next manager can work closely alongside chairman Ron Martin.

“Whoever comes into Southend has to be on the same wavelength as Ron and they have got to get on,” said Taylor.

“I’ve never known too many successes when the board are not with the manager 100 per cent.

“The success I’ve had at places has been whenever I’ve been good with the board and the chairman and got on with him.

“A happy ship is a very important one and whoever they are bringing in has also got to know the level.”

And Taylor would also like to see Blues’ recruitment improve.

“I’ve seen a lot of players sign recently for Southend who have had a bit of an injury record,” said Taylor.

“But whoever gets the opportunity I hope they’re allowed to bring in enough players of their choice.

“I felt for Chris Powell because I don’t think he got to make too many signings and he had some horrendous luck with injuries too.

“I would look to get a 20 man squad, cover every position and have a plan A and a plan B.

“But you have to do your homework on players and staff.”

Barnet boss Darren Currie remains the bookmakers’ favourite to be the Shrimpers next boss while Kevin Maher and Craig Fagan also continue to be linked.

And Taylor, who bossed Blues himself during the mid 1990s, is fully aware of those who are in the running to take charge at Roots Hall.

“I’ve seen the candidates and I know them too,” said Taylor.

“I had Craig Fagan as a player at Hull and I know Darren Currie very well.

“His assistant Junior Lewis is a good friend of mine and obviously Kevin has been linked too.

“Kevin has a good name at Southend and the manager has to know the level and the players he can get hold of.

“Kevin has been at Bristol Rovers so he would know players and Darren, without a doubt, definitely would as well.

“I think the teams in the top half of the National League are the same as League Two teams.”