Sol Campbell Marries – Signing For Newcastle?

News today in the Sunday Express that Newcastle have won the race to sign former Arsenal and England center-back Sol Campbell.

Sol Campbell with new bride Fiona Barratt

One problem we have with the report,  is that we didn’t even know we were in the race to sign a former England International, who turns 36 in September.

Free agent Campbell is said to have already been offered a two-year deal by Celtic, but of course Sol does live in Northumberland, and was married yesterday, and the news is that he has been persuaded to continue his playing career at Newcastle with Chris Hughton’s side.


We would be very surprised if this deal is true, because Chris could have signed Sol last summer,  but his wage demands for such an old player were too high for the Newcastle club.

And we cannot see what’s changed since last summer – other than daft stories keep getting published in the English papers every Sunday. 😀

But it’s true that Sol Campbell got married yesterday.

Campbell, 35, and Fiona Barratt, 29, were married in the small and beautiful Northumberland village of Corbridge – near her grandfather, Sir Lawrence Barratt’s family home.

Among the guests were former football colleagues from Arsenal and England, including Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Andrew Cole and Martin Keown.

So maybe Chris has given Sol a wedding present,  by offering him a deal at Newcastle – but we very much doubt that.

But we’ll see of course – maybe one of these rather daft stores in the Sunday papers, may even turn out to be true,  one of these days.

Comments welcome.

Written from Plymouth, England.

31 comments so far

  • TheMags

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    He could do a job bt please CH bring sum1 younger with alot of promise for he future and is still a v.good player now
    Waht happened to this 24 age thing campbell & diarra? :S

  • shireslayer

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Would be a good addition to the squad but surely we couldn’t/wouldn’t want to class him as a first team regular?!?

    Would be great if it was a player/coach role imo

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    why on earth would we want him..he is old and a peace of crap…i dont even know what chris is thinking about .
    one time he says “we will bring young players under the age of 26”
    the next we know e have been told we just bought a 36 year old CB who have been in injury list for the last 3 years
    ..even if he come how on earth would he play with the likes of S.Taylor , Colo, Tamas and Williamson ..
    i have a great idea why not bring Maldini,,..he was performing very good before he retired ..three times better than sol

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘Among the guests were former football colleagues from Arsenal and England, including Ashley Cole…’

    Sol’s defensive judgement is definitely looking suspect, leave well alone….

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Him and Diarra are backward steps and not what we need. The only plus point of having no money is allowing the likes of Vuksic, Kadar, ranger and Krul to finally get a look in.

    Youth is definitely the way forward not overpaid journeymen. I would hate to see Kadar and Vuksic’s development blighted by Campbell and the like.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    RH, I think you mean backward PLODS as opposed to backward steps, mate!

    The very thought of Sol skimming off thosands every week just for the odd lumbering error prone appearance makes my blood boil. I’d rather have One Size.

  • howay man

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    he wante to com here last season, and we rejected him!, he obviously just wants to come here to retire what with his wife and house being in the north east, maybes give him a one year pay as you play deal.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah he is that bad wenger wanted to sign him for another year. Sol would be good for us for a year, could be another brilliant bit of business by chris.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes GG7 but probably not one of Wenger’s better bits of business. They were 3rd with the easiest run in of all and I think it all caught up with the 35 year old aging bling boy.

  • geoff777

    Jul 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    If he lives locally and would sign on a match by match basis.
    Then do some coaching with our centre backs.

    Then that would be a pretty good deal?

    He’s a good professional and we’d be lucky to have him join the coaching staff.

    He could live anywhere in the world but lives in beautiful Northumberland.
    Show him some respect lads.

  • Newutd

    Jul 18, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    No way. Keep the old guy away. And why the hell be on a honey moon now if you want to play football? Retire, Sol, retire.

  • Partizan

    Jul 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Guys i think you’re missing the big picture here,,,this move its not about his career as a NUFC player,this move is about coaching our young players in the future.

    You have a defensive coach like Sol Campbell in our academy,,i mean,what more can you ask for.

  • 02jiw22

    Jul 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t wanna speak too soon but if that’s true it means that both Gosling and Campbell have turned down North East ‘top dogs’ Sunderland to come here!

  • Newutd

    Jul 18, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    And how do you know that,Partizan?

  • punk skunk...

    Jul 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Y’wastin’ y’time GG7…
    You actually know about football!..

    …Plenty on here just want their own idiotic little way, when it comes to transfers…
    … Irrespective of whether they would be good for the club or not…
    …Usually the ones that fling abuse about…

  • Flair: 20

    Jul 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Sol Campbell would be a good signing if we sell Steven Taylor. Otherwise I fear he would hamper Kadar’s progress. Having said that, maybe signing Campbell and sending Kadar out on loan would be a good move for one season?

  • Ericles

    Jul 18, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    It is another load of media cobblers!

  • Markaccus

    Jul 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Sky sports news made this one up after interviewing CH before the carlisle match, and the express are stupid enough to make a story about it. The retards.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Could you not agree though skunk that a defence of :

    staylor……….sol…….colo………..Jose in my opinion that would be the best defence outside the top 7 with stoke also on par with ours. Then back ups of perch, simmo, raylor, kadar, and williamson.
    Perfecto!! All we need then is a top class striker and another winger, maybe a solid dm for away games, then we could well be a top ten side with a sqaud of mostly British and the avg age of about 26.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    punk skunk
    what you asay is actually very abusive. Everyone’s got opinions mate. They just may not happen to be yours. Doesn’t make you right or us wrong or in your words idiotic.

  • Simon-toon

    Jul 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Would be good cover at CB but the sunday people said hughton will give him the captains arm band which means he’ll probley start

  • lewman

    Jul 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #22

    if sol campbell gets the captains armband i will eat my pet cat


    Jul 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    would defo bring campbell in. lets forget age for one moment, he is still one of the top CB in the league and could play in most PL sides. valuable experience to support the current back line. i would send kadar on loan to a championship side

  • Oba

    Jul 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #24

    He would provide brilliant experience to players like Kadar and Williamson who haven’t faced Premier League sides week in week out before.

    Good cover, and good to have in the club behind the scenes. Ex-international and CL finalist. He’s been there and done it, some useful things he can pass onto the less experienced.

  • Partizan

    Jul 18, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Newuntd….I don’t need to know,its pretty much obvious what is this move all about.

    The main reason why he’ll be one of our coaching staff is that he moved to North East and he is there to stay.
    I would love him ONLY on a 1 year contract but no more than that,and then with our youth policy he’dd be an extraordinary defensive coach.

  • rudy

    Jul 18, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #26

    different thing.
    here in holland they are talking that not only fulham is interested in jol, but also newcastle. and apparently he is up for moving to the toon. during the last few years he always talked highly of newcastle, the fans and the city.
    any news of this in england, and what do you lads think of it?

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #27

    OK, the deal is done, and I trust CH 100% in his judgement. However, I do hope Sol is not going to breeze in and take the captain’s armband from one of those that sweated blood and tears to get us back up last season.

    I was annoyed when Owen got the arm band, but for someone – who is (let’s face it) an utter mercenary and who is only here ’cause his missus lives here – like Sol to get it would cause more that one moggy (@21) to be better off doing a midnight bunk…

    Here Tiddles… Tiddles…! TIDDLES!!

  • Brutooon

    Jul 19, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #28

    i rather play joey barton at the centre defense than sol campbell!

  • Moreno

    Jul 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Hughton was giving an interview on skysports prior to the carlisle game and they mentioned Sol, Chris didn’t say he was signing him, but didnt dismiss it either, he said he would speak to him after the honeymoon, I think it may just happen, they are good mates

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 19, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #30

    He played for Arsenal last season and he played in the Champions League. He will be a good addition to the club due to his top-flight experience. He has a good attitude, leadership qualities and has taken good care of himself. I don’t understand why he has been criticised.

  • Ericles

    Jul 19, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Did not know one could fit a cat in to a Barratt house!


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