Ex-NUFC defender Sol Campbell looks set to miss out on the Oxford United job to another former Mag in Craig Bellamy, however he’s not taken to it too well, saying they have missed After missing out on the ‘one of the greatest minds in football’.
It seems someone hasn’t taken too well to a certain Craig Bellamy being all set to take over at the League One side, with Camplbell coming out with a string of self approving comments to explain why he should have got the job.
Here’s what the former Arsenal, England and NUFC defender has had to say after being rejected by Oxford:
‘I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn’t accept me
‘Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.
‘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.
‘I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.
‘I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.
‘Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.”
Campbell may have been a formidable Premier League centre-back for several years, but it’s fair to say his stint at St James’ Park in the 2010/11 season was pretty forgettable. He made just 8 appearances in a spell that proved to be the last in his playing career.
No doubt he was a cracking player in his heyday and one of the best centre-backs the Premier League has ever seen, but I’m not sure he’s going to fare well in management with this sort of attitude!
Just because you’ve been a good player doesn’t mean you have a god given right to be accepted as a manager, Sol!