SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin insists he is close to naming the Shrimpers new boss.

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

And Martin told Echosport he is now nearing a decision.

“Supporters will be pleased to learn we are nearing the end of the interview process," said Martin.

"Apart from the manager each candidate has other staff who I have wanted to meet, either in person or on a zoom call.

"I have some final references to take up, for those candidates I know less well, but expect to have those completed tomorrow.

"This should allow me to button down terms over the weekend.

"As always there are rumours but from what I’ve read none have been near the mark, is that a clue !

"So please bear with me a couple of more days.

"Players are back in training under the strict Covid protocol so nothing is being lost."

Barnet boss Darren Currie and Blues' under 23 coach Craig Fagan are believed to be the main front-runners for the role.

Ex Shrimpers boss Steve Tilson is another in contention and the League Two club are also known to have been impressed by the job Mark Molesley has done at Weymouth.