Campell Quits Notts County – Will Newcastle Make A Move?

Well it didn’t last too long did it, as news today that Sol Campbell last night left Notts County, and may finally end his playing career.

Sol Campbell  _Portsmouth

Sol Campbell – quits Notts County – disillusioned at Meadow Lane

Former England defender Campbell, 34, started just one game for the League Two club, but has had second thoughts it seems, and has now asked the club to terminate his five-year, £2M a year contract

Campbell snubbed a host of Premier League clubs, as well as Newcastle United in the summer, to move to County but has quickly realised it was a mistake.

Of course the status of Notts County is uncertain at best right now, as they are way over the salary limit imposed on League Two clubs, and the Football League are also seeking clarification from Notts County, about just exactly who owns the club.

Campbell left Portsmouth in the summer believing he still had two years in the top flight, and will now take the next few days to consider his next move, and the question is,  would Newcastle be interested?

Of course we have just signed Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn on a 3 month loan deal, , and the club would not offer more than the £750K/year – the figure that was offered to him in August.

But a two year deal at Newcastle could be good for both Newcastle and Campbell, and of course his girlfriend is a Geordie.

It’s an old adage but a true one that money isn’t everything, and he will have seen the good start Newcastle have made in the league this season, and the 40,0000 average home league gates – so he could certainly be well employed in helping the Magpies get promoted this season.

If Moat is as close to taking over the club, as reports suggest, don’t be surprised if Alan Shearer moves to bring his pal to Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • bren32

    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    mmmmmm very strange a footballer giving away two million pounds ? watch this space

  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2


  • Toon1978

    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I would like us to bring in Campbell just to bolster the squad. Last night proved that we have a thread bare squad by playing so many youngsters. ANYBODY can see this, ASHLEY does not give a toss what so ever. There were a few that seemed out of their depth last night in the likes of James Tavernier,Lua Lua,Donaldson and Tozer. Vuckic never really got a touch of the ball and was provided next to nothing and Ranger seemed to be the only bugger trying. NUFC are in no position to play youngsters especielly agains’t a club in the same league, i do not go along with resting players for a cup game to keep them fit for a League game. If a working man can go out to work for 12 hour shifts day in day out 5-6 days a week then i’m sure a footballer can play 2 games of football a week, its a slap in the face to the supporters who work hard and spend their hard earned money to watch FOOTBALL not sh1te. I am a little gutted that we were beaten last night as we need silverware at our club. Once upon a time we were playing the likes of Inter Milan and Barcelona and putting in a good game, NOW however we are being mugged by the likes of Blackpool and Peterborough, how far the mighty have falling. SHOCKING!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 23, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Toon78 – agreed mate. I know a few lads who went last night and the reports were not good – just like blackpool.

    I know its a cup match and the bread and butter is the championship but it does prove a weakness or the old strength in depth. How many times have we said that!!!!

    Anyway roll on Saturday!

  • spiderpig

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    dont want him.he’s a mercenary.the only reason he left there will be for more money.we have had too many years of paying for big name ,over the hill stars like campbell.its players on contracts like the one he demands that eventually get clubs in the shite. m owen is another one.

  • Ericles

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Toon1978. I do blame Hughton for last nights fiasco. How can we criticise the likes of Man U and Arsenal for playing weakened cup teams and then do the same thing? They are footballers, it is their well paid job. Get on with it and pick the strongest available team. Being paper thin is becoming an excuse for everything now – not good enough. Come on Moat, come on Shearer.

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Please no.. He’s showed some of his true colours by playing in league 2 for the money, and from what I saw of the highlights in the game he played, he looked rubbish..

  • repo

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    but a weakend team by manusa or arsenal are good enought to even walk into our squad as 1st teamers…

    no i dont want campbell he is finished if he carnt do it in that league what chance has he got in the fizzy pop league..

  • batty

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9


  • Ericles

    Sep 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Dead right about Man U’s and Arsenal’s weakened teams being better than our first XI. As for Campbell – he chose Notts County knowing he is past it and would not be able to hack it on Tyneside, and that we would not pay 40,000 quid. As for his girlfriend – I think her dad’s building business is taking a dive too?

  • Toon1978

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11


    Like i said NUFC are in no position to play so many kids, however the likes of Arsenal and Man utd are in a position to do that. Both clubs have won the league on more than one occasion and won MANY trophies NUFC have done none of that since the year dot so we are in no position to take a gamble in any of the cup competitions. Manure can do this because if they get knocked out of the league cup they will more than likely win the F.A. cup or the league or any other cup for that matter, they are almost guaranteed a trophy every season so they have a right to play their kids and take risks NUFC cannot take risks at all in ANY competition. We fans are the best in Europe you just need to look at the fans we pull in week in week out we still beat the EPL attendances yet we take risks in cup competitons which is a slap in the face to the fans. People paid good money to go and watch their team play last night only to end up watching a reserve team, don’t get me wrong i like seeing the youngsters get a game they need their chance but it needs to be within reason. Playing all them young kids at the same time was madness. I would of kept our back four the same as usuall, put 3 experienced players in the midfield with a youngster making his debut. I cannot understand why Carrol was not playing at all. Hughton made a big mistake last night, al that hard work in the last round coming back from 1-3 down a waste of time. No excuses are acceptable at all.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon 78 –

    your closing sentence made me think and you are right. After all that to then last night!

  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    No thanks sol go and waste another clubs time and money.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Would have been a great signing last year but no I think he’s finished

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t like his name as much much as I once did. I am still trying to forgive them for the massacre of Glencoe.


    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    ericles, come on fella, the storngest team possible for every match? dont be silly, we have to prioritize, cups are not worth or attention this term, simple as mate.

    any sensible manager would’ve done the same

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #17

    The sad thing is, that had we been able to sign a few lower paid cheaper replacements for those that left the club, then we could have probably fielded strong cup teams. But as we have a cack first team, Hughton is correct to have fielded the bairns.

    The nickname of Falkirk Town FC is ‘The Bairns’

  • Graeme

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Cant see anyway MA would sanction paying his wage bill – he’s hardly an up and coming young player, is he lol.

    Can Moat even afford to think about a player like Sol? He’s struugling to buy the club as it is – where’s the money coming from to run the cub, strengthen the squad?

    Not a word from him on his “Vision” for NUFC, where he wants to take the club etc etc.

  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Not a word from him on any matter. lol

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Couln’t afford him anyway and looks to be way past his best…2m a year haha hilarious 🙂

  • G

    Sep 23, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Speculation on Sol? I would maybe consider Sol on a pay-as-you-play basis, however, contrary to the rumours being generated about him coming here, apparently he will re-sign for Pompey once the takeover is finalised for them. Also, I heard he did have a complete stinker against Morecombe, can we really get a prolific year out of him? He was once great, not so sure now. With regard to the league cup loss, to be honest what happened last night should have been expected, I do feel for anybody who paid money to go and watch that, and I agree that winning is a nice habbit, but we do not have a squad capable of fighting on more than one front. We need points in the league far more than we need ornaments in the trophy room.

  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Graeme the club has to build its self back up slowly and live with in it means, especially with the new premier league rules coming in. We cant return to the FFS days.

  • Brettoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Don’t really want him to be honest but we really need some pacey good footballers at the club.

    He might be good for the short term though.

    Feeling really ill and at work – that’s why there is a large amount of confusion in my post.

    Get me home.

    Roll on Saturday BBC!!!


    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    bring him in to reinforce the defence, which to be fair is looking pretty good in the league, its not as if we have great depth in this position. 2 yr contract. good experience to rub off on the youngins. ok he’s not 25 anymore but has enough to stand out in the fizzy pop league and if he does play a role in helping us get back to PL, jobs a goodun.
    Barry moat to owner, shearer to gaffer, campbell develops coaching experience working with academy / reserves?

  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe he’d make a good defensive coach but I think we have a few of those here already.

  • G

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #26

    @Swhitey. After the rumours surronding him & Jenas, do we really want him looking after our baby-faced defenders mate!?

  • G

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Seriously though, has Cambell evan began his coaching badges? I have no doubt that he has some technical ability given his vast experience with some decent managers, but I can’t remember him getting the qualification yet.

  • Toon1978

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    We need another CB, we need a right winger and we need a left winger. We don’t need any CM as we have plenty but we do need a striker or two. Another 5 players would really help the cause but we will be lucky to see Harewood through the door nevermind another 4. We are crying out for width and pace and some creativity the reason why we are no longer a force. All due to the fact that Ashley decided to get rid of Milner,N’Zogbia and Emre aswell as Bassong. If we still had players of this calibre at NUFC then we would have no problems at all.

  • Shot Bru

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Campbell will go back to Tottingham!

  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Campbell drops down 3 divisions purely for the money then thinks his team mates aren’t good enough, we dont need another michael owen. Headline tomorrow sol campbell to wed paul mccartney.

  • Johno Toon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31

    I would of gone for cambell beofre h signed for notts county , but that just suggested to me he wanted one last pay day and not the type of player i want us to sign anymore.

    But in saying that he would do a good job and help the youngsters along but it would be a no for me

  • dave 1961

    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #32

    when i see our players in action they don’t look fit to me its as they were before shearer last season, & they are taking the p*** out of Chris again like they did last year, it was always the risk the longer we went without a manager.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Quote from Martin O’Niel on SSN that we are waiting for the go ahead from our illustrious owner before the Harewood deal can progress.

  • G

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #34

    @dave 1961. I have nothing against either CH or CC, who for me have done a fantastic job, but I think you have made a very valid point about us going on without a permenant manager. We need an appointment sooner rather than later. If that person is CH, or involves CH then I have no problem with that, but I would rather we looked at somebody who is a bit longer in the tooth as a manager. My preference would be to try to tempt Steve Coppell into one last management job.

  • jarny69

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #35

    The experience he could give to the younger and upcoming defenders is invaluable. Champions league, premier league, internationls….vast experience. His name in the team sheet would make it look much more a premier league side! Plus with him in the side think of other big names who are on frees that may be persuaded??

  • sahota

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #36

    I think if we can sign him on FREE plus decent wages. Not wages like we paid MO. Might be just offer him average wages and see what he says. I think his experience is very valuable.

  • Johno Toon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Jarny what other big names are on a free at the moment? Well not even big names but good players? I know lualua is ( i owuld take him back ) anyone else?

  • Johno Toon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Just read on cambell cant sign for anyone til jan

  • jarny69

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Had a quick look johno. on free’s at the moment (half decent/decent 1s) are:
    ebi smolarek
    Andy van der mayde (risky)
    Dietmar hamann (again experience by the f*ck load)
    sibierski (to bolster the strikeforce)
    and bit of an audacious 1….Stephen appiah the ghanaian captain

    But i will admit the wages will almost certainly be an issue with some of them

  • jarny69

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #40

    johno i did abit of looking n found these players were on frees:
    smolarek (not bad if he made it at racing, feyenoord and dortmund)
    Van der meyde (risky, but never saw how good he can be at everton like he was at inter)
    Hamann (again….experience by the bucket load)
    Sibierski (to bolster the attack)

    and this was abit of a cheeky 1 but…Stephen appiah the ghanian captain


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