What is Sol Campbell doing now?
Widely regarded as one of the best central defenders of his generation, Sol Campbell made over 500 appearances in the English Premier League predominantly with North London sides Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
After being released by Newcastle United in 2011 he was a free agent for 12 months before officially retiring from playing in 2012.
In a 20-year career playing at the top-level Campbell won a number of trophies including the Premier League title twice and the FA Cup twice with Arsenal, the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur and the FA Cup with Portsmouth.
Internationally, Campbell was at the heart of England’s defence for 11 years winning 73 caps and scoring one goal.
In Campbell’s autobiography he claimed that the reason why he was never made permanent captain of the English national team was down to institutional racism on the part of the FA.
He claimed that if he was a white man he would have captained the side for more than 10 years instead of just three times.
This was a view disputed by England’s first black captain Paul Ince who said that during Campbell’s time there were a lot of club captains playing for England, big names and big egos.
He pointed out that players such as Alan Shearer, David Seaman, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand all had to make do with relatively short stints as captain.
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Since hanging up his boots Campbell has made it clear that he is keen to pursue a coaching career and he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in May 2016 alongside, amongst others, former Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly.
In 2015 in a surprise move he started working with the Conservative Party as an advisor on various issues to do with sport and diversity.
In June of the same year Campbell announced his intentions to stand for election as mayor of London but failed to make the shortlist of candidates.
In January 2017, he made a return to football as assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national side.
Campbell admitted that it was a phone call from former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry that persuaded him to take the job.
In preparation for his new role, Campbell spent time coaching at the Queens Park Rangers academy on a short-term informal basis.
He will also be actively pursuing other coaching jobs which he can work in between qualifiers.
In May 2017, Campbell hit the headlines when he was snubbed by Tottenham Hotspur for their end of season celebrations.
The event was to mark the closure of the old White Hart Lane and Spurs had invited a number of former players for a parade after their final match of the season but had excluded their former captain after his move to rivals Arsenal in 2001.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper in July 2017, Campbell said that he was finding it very hard to even get an interview for a managerial job and was prepared to go to a non-league club without even a salary in order to prove his credentials.
During the FIFA U17 World Cup Finals in India, Campbell was a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) which analysed performances on the pitch.
Campbell is married to award-winning luxury interior designer Fiona Barratt and is CEO of her hand-crafted furniture company.
After a spell working alongside England under 21’s boss Aidy Boothroyd as part of an FA initiative to address the issue of under-representation of BAME coaches, Campbell was appointed in his first managerial role in November 2018 when he joined his current side Macclesfield Town.
Completely turning around the club’s fortunes, Campbell kept the Silkmen from relegation with seven wins and 10 draws in his 25 games in charge which was a tremendous achievement in his first season as a manager.
He left the club by mutual consent in August 2019 stating this his experience had been a great learning curve.
Campbell wasn’t out of football for long and was appointed in his current role as manager of League One side Southend United just two months later.
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Sol Campbell’s #One2Eleven (4-4-2 Formation)
Sol Campbell was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in 2015 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – David Seaman – top goalkeeper and a calming influence.
RB – Lauren – an unsung hero at Arsenal, loved to attack but got back as well.
LB – Ashley Cole – got up and down the pitch really well, defended well and was tough for a small lad.
CB – Rio Ferdinand – a very elegant player, fulfilled his potential under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
CB – Martin Keown – super competitive, quick and strong and never gave in.
CM – Patrick Vieira – a winner and a real pleasure to play along with.
CM – Paul Scholes – one of the best midfielders of the modern era.
RM – David Beckham – I used to train with him when I was 13 at Spurs, hard-working and had brilliant vision.
LM – Robert Pires – fantastic vision and passing. Always played with the side of his foot, never the laces.
Striker – Dennis Bergkamp – a gentleman that was strong and quick and also had a nasty streak about him.
Striker – Thierry Henry – chosen above Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann, really competitive and always kept on going.
Sol Campbell: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Newcastle United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com