Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell confirmed as new Macclesfield manager

‘Football moves fast! My work started 2 years ago. Keep on moving!’: Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell confirmed as new Macclesfield boss

  • Macclesfield are bottom of the Football League and have turned to Sol Campbell
  • An announcement over his appointment is expected in the next 24 hours 
  • It will be the former Arsenal and Tottenham defender’s first managerial role 

Joe Bernstein for MailOnline

Former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell has landed his first management job at League Two strugglers Macclesfield on an 18-month contract.

Campbell, 44, concluded negotiations on Tuesday morning and an official announcement was made in the afternoon that he had taken the role.

He posted on his own Instagram earlier on Tuesday, captioning an image of himself in a shirt and tie: ‘Football moves fast! My work started 2 years ago. Keep on moving!’

Former defender Sol Campbell has been announced as the next Macclesfield Town manager

Former defender Sol Campbell has been announced as the next Macclesfield Town manager

CAMPBELL’S PLAYING CAREER 

1992-2001: Tottenham

2001-06: Arsenal

2006-09: Portsmouth

2009: Notts County

2010: Arsenal

2010-11: Newcastle United

HONOURS

Premier League: 2001-02, 2003-04

FA Cup: 2001-02, 2004-05, 2007-08 

League Cup: 1998-99

Weather permitting, Campbell is planning to fly to watch his new team play their League Two fixture at Exeter City on Tuesday night. The game is currently scheduled to be on despite heavy rainfall in the south-west.

Campbell’s appointment is eye-catching in several ways. Macclesfield are currently bottom of the league with 10 points from 19 matches and to name a manager without previous experience is a risk.

However, owner Amar Alkhadi will point to the success of another famous rookie, Paul Ince, who helped the team avoid relegation in 2006-07 when they were seven points from safety – coincidentally the same gap that Campbell has to make up.

For his part, Campbell has previously complained that his managerial career in England has been hampered by a lack of opportunity for black coaches so this will be seen as an important chance.

Campbell worked with England's Under 21 side during the last international break

Campbell worked with England’s Under 21 side during the last international break

It is the former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender's first role in management

It is the former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender’s first role in management

He has already visited the club’s modest Moss Rose stadium and watched the players train. He’s fully aware that his new charges won’t have the talents of former team-mates like Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes and acknowledges he’ll have to take a pragmatic approach at times to get his side out of danger.

It’s understood the Silkmen have not broken their wage structure to take on the Three Lions legend but he will be in line for a substantial bonus if he can keep the club up.

As a player, Campbell is regarded as the finest English defender of the Premier League era alongside John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

Campbell had an illustrious playing career and picked up plenty of silverware at Arsenal

Campbell had an illustrious playing career and picked up plenty of silverware at Arsenal

He came through the ranks at Spurs, captaining the team to the 1999 League Cup, but caused an outray when he joined their north London rivals Arsenal on a Bosman free two years later. 

Campbell became an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles team that won the Premier League title in 2004 and also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008.

His England career saw him win 73 caps, scoring one goal, and he featured in the World Cups of 1998 and 2002.

But there have also been difficult parts of his career. He once walked out of a game against West Ham at half-time after making errors and his move to join Sven Goran Eriksson at Notts County lasted one game, at Morecambe in 2009.

He was asked to get involved in the FA youth coaching set-up last month.

Macclesfield sacked Mark Yates at the start of October and midfielder Danny Whitaker has been in temporary charge as player-manager since then. They won for only the second time in the league against Yeovil on Saturday. 

He represented England 73 times during his career, and featured at three World Cups

He represented England 73 times during his career, and featured at three World Cups



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