After bleating about a lack of chances last season, it looks as though a Football league club have finally taken a punt on Sol Campbell.
The former Arsenal and England central defender has been handed his first job in management, having previously been an unsuccessful applicant for vacant positions at Oxford United, Grimsby and Oldham.
He wasn’t happy following some of those knock-backs, claiming he was ‘one of the greatest minds in football’ after Oxford chose Karl Robinson. he’ll need to be, Macclesfield are staring at a return to the National League and need turning around quickly.
Campbell does have some League Two experience, he was drafted in at Notts County when they were seemingly taken over by QADBAK, only for it to fall through and Campbell to leave hastily out the back exit.
The deal with the Silkmen was confirmed in a club statement: “Macclesfield Town are delighted to announce that former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell is to become our new First Team Manager, after agreeing an eighteen month deal with the club.”
His move to Macclesfield will raise eyebrows, especially after he was quoted as saying he didn’t want to go ‘too low’ as a manager.
“I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.” he said after missing out at Oxford.
Sure, why not? We’ve nothing against Campbell and it makes a change from seeing the same faces turn up in different jobs. Not all big players make good managers though, Harry Kewell found that out and Chris Sutton struggled in his only job in League Two as well.
Kevin Nolan was recently sacked by Notts County too. Here’s hoping Sol Campbell really is the great mind he claims to be, for Macclesfield’s sake.