We Were Wrong On Sol Campbell

Well, it certainly comes as a shock to us that it seems like Newcastle will sign 35 year-old Sol Campbell – but the more we think about it – the more we think it’s  a good signing – assuming it happens.

Sol Campbell – while at Portsmouth

And the news is that Sol prefers Newcastle to European Champions League football with Glasgow Celtic – but the SPL is hardly one of the top leagues in Europe is it?

It seems a great deal – and we expect it will be for a couple of years, and since Sol will be based in Northumberland, after marrying Fiona Barratt 9 days ago, it’s a nice wedding gift for the former England great.

And we wonder if Sol will be offered a coaching  job on Tyneside – at some time.

If Sol started to coach the youngsters after his spell as a player, he would be great draw to many young players – it’s just a thought – but seems to make sense, especially when he is already friends with Hughton.

We know he’d like to coach, and with him being based in Northumberland, he may jump at the chance to learn the trade alongside Chris Hughton, whose ties to Sol seem to have got the job done for Newcastle.

Sol’s arrival will put some pressure on the other center-backs at the club, although Steven Taylor will be out several weeks with his shoulder injury, but we wonder who the best two central defenders will be for the Magpies when everybody is fit?

And of course Sol’s vast experience will only help our younger players, and hopefully he will pass on some of his experience to them, both on the training field and in matches.

Sol already said last summer he would just love to join Newcastle, and no doubt the Magpies will come out of this looking good, with this time an older player choosing Newcastle over the competition – just like 20 year-old Dan Gosling had also chosen Newcastle last week.

We’ll put up a poll asking if you think Campbell is a good deal for the Newcastle club – so please vote on our home page.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jul 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to know players want to come to NUFC. Great – and we are GOING to be great again one of these days.

  • Simon-toon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Sol knows what a massive club we are and we only got relegated in 2009 because of mike ashley at least now we know he is letting the manager sign the players he wants. Also pleased Sol snubbed the makems to join us 🙂

  • Chris F

    Jul 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    as long as he’s not just signed cos it’s half an hour from his new gaff. 😉

  • g3ordos

    Jul 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #4


  • dougnufc

    Jul 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone fancy Jeremie Aliadiere? We could snap him for free and on possibly low wages as well. He would add some pace and creativity up front.

  • paddyq

    Jul 27, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #6

    aliadiere? are you serious dougnufc? sorry mate but he is ordinary at best.

  • benscott123123

    Jul 27, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Just had a quick look on the squad numbers that were published also seems rather convenient that the number 5 shirt was saved even though it could have been offered to perch, perhaps hughtons planned on signing Campbell for a while

  • lewman

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    wouldnt really see the point doug to be honest.
    he is obviously talented but far too injury prone and i dont get the impression that he tries very hard.

    if hes not good enough for the smoggies then how can he be good enough for us.

    great news on sol joining though.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I really dont rate Campbell anymore I’m afraid

    order of CB’s

    1.S Taylor
    2. Coloccini
    3. Kadar
    4. Williamson
    5. Campbell

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I think he will be one of first names on team sheet and like g3ordos says, he may well be our new captain because his play is very disapplied.

    Dont be suprised if its:
    Captain: Campbell
    Vice Captain: Nolan
    Backup: Smith

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #11

    @ DougNufc

    Did you see him at the smoggies!?!?!

  • Thump

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t have too much of a problem with this. We need backup and a good bit of experience in the back four can hardly be a bad thing. Let’s hope Kadar can make a breakthrough this season, though.

  • baro

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Glad he made the right choice because the Scottish League is so overrated. By the way Sol has been offered a one year deal. Hopefully he has a excellent season and than gets a coaching role.

  • baro

    Jul 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I thoughts West Ham were a smart team but appearantly not! 🙂


  • jackdnufc

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I am extremely happy that we’re going to sign Sol. He is still good enough to play at this level and will bring much, much needed experience to the centre backs in the squad. He may struggle against certain teams in the pace department but against some, such as Stoke, he can dominate at the back. Even against the top sides many would rather not have to face someone like Sol at the back. Don’t think he’ll get the captaincy, I think CH will realise how unfair and unnecessary such a move would be.

    Baro- I don’t know anyone who overrates the SPL! There’s a reason why almost everyone in Scotland has a second team! I agree though, do hope he gets a proper coaching role after the season ahead.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Campbell is not coming to be a defensive cover or bench warmer. If he isn’t good enough, Wenger would not have signed him a second time. If he isn’t good enough, there won’t be talk of him going to South Africa instead of Dawson.

  • mattnufc

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Sol and Taylor at the back should be immense.

    @Turkish, I’d disagree with you mate:
    1. S Taylor
    2. Campbell
    3. Coloccini
    4. Williamson
    5. Kadar

  • MacToon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    ” He may struggle against certain teams in the pace department”

    I keep seeing this but he’s not slow, ok maybe slower than he used to be but he’s still relatively quick. On top of that he reads the ball well so please don’t worry too much about pace.

    Injuries are more important. Hopefully he’ll play a successful injury season atleast for us.

    Gooners will be upset so we not only beat the maccums to him but London and CLF with Arsenal. (that’s if all goes well and he does sign tomorrow or soon).

  • MacToon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #19

    lol * injury FREE season that is.

  • MacToon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #20

    back 4 of

    STayor Campbell Col Enrique

    seems pretty good to me.

  • MacToon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21

    The fastest Prem stars

    WALCOTT 22.72 mph
    CAMPBELL 22.50 mph
    DROGBA 22.27 mph
    TORRES 22.27 mph
    ANELKA 22.05 mph
    FABREGAS 22.05 mph
    A COLE 22.05 mph
    CLICHY 21.82 mph
    ROONEY 21.82 mph
    GERRARD 21.60 mph
    ROBINHO 21.60 mph

    According to The Sun!

  • chuck

    Jul 27, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes people tend to speculate on players reasons for choosing which sides to play for.
    And most fans would like to believe their decisions are based on some type of loyalty, an example Shearers turning down Man. U. in order to play for his home side.
    But I would`nt read too much into either Sol Or Goslings reasons.
    Sol lives doon the road and if he arrives he will command a hefty wedge no doubt, but would be an asset to the side, giving leadership and organization to a leaderless back four.
    As for Gosling, better chance of getting a game here than at Everton, plus an improved contract from what we here, no brainer.

    Now lets put a bit of spine and experience plus a 90min. work rate into the side by signing Paul Scharner (free agent)can play either defense or in the midfield .

    There`s going to be a firesale soon at Citeh, with two young RB`s Onuoha and Richards, not to mention probably one of the EPL`s best AM`s in Steve Ireland, can set people up can score , has a remarkable ability to find space, does it all.

    but then what do I know ?

  • jackdnufc

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #23

    MacToon- I stand corrected; can’t imagine him being as fast as that though, you sure that wasn’t a few years back? 😉

    Regardless of pace or not, I’m very happy he’s signed either way.

  • ToonArmyPGH

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #24

    MacToon –

    Pretty sure that’s from a while ago…Javier Hernández was the fastest player in the World Cup according to FIFA (http://bit.ly/bQQHME).

    I guess we’ll find out how accurate that is at Old Trafford in a few weeks time!

  • MacToon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #25

    jack and PGH, the article was a year ago (just less) but was the average of the previous 2 seasons so not really that long ago and suprised me how quick he actually is/was.

    Apparantly Sol could run 100m in 10.1 secs. if he could maintain the speed over the full distance! Not bad, even if he’s lost 1 second in pace now or even 2 seconds!

    Here’s the link anyway:


  • ginkoh

    Jul 27, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Where’s Lennon and Agbonlahor in list ?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Thats Frazier Campbell not bloody Sol Campbell.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #28

    and wheres Kieron Dyer in the list?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #29

    also Tom Toon look at the 3rd paragraph in the article it is Sol

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Why does everyone rate S Taylor, maybe I should check my eyesight but he always appears to be just off the pace, just out of position, just pulling a shirt or “sorry, ref. it was just an accidental handball..”

    Colo & Campbell = the smart choice!

  • lewman

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #31

    didier drogba faster than fernando torres and sol campbell quicker than ashley cole, those people at the sun must have been taking thepi$$.

    i do think sol’s positional sense might give him an extra couple of yards on most but i bet his acceleration is not as good as drogba,torres,ashley cole and the rest of them on that list, whether he can run faster than them or not.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #32


    I know the sun’s a comic but it’s Frazier, not Sol !!!

  • lewman

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #33

    it is sol apparently
    “Arsenal’s Walcott clocked 22.72mph and Sol Campbell took a shock second place in the top-flight race with a 22.50mph top speed. “

  • baro

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #34

    We need speed!!!!!!!!!

  • Obafan

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Captain Beefheart: I completely agree with you. Everybody keeps saying S. Taylor is a quality player, but to be honnest he has to proove that soon, cause I haven’t seen that much quality in the last couple of season. He indeed is a player who makes lots of “stupid” mistakes which cost us lots of goals (he was surely not the only one but he might be on top of the list).

    If I was CH I would choose Colo – Campbell aswell to be the first choice at CB and I don’t know how good that Williamson is (didn’t see a lot of games last season in Belgium), but maybe Taylor will struglle to be the 3rd in rang as CB.

  • Stardust

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #36


    funny how Titus was almost ran out of town yet when Taylor makes the same mistakes “its ok he is a geordie”

    Campbell and Collo for me too – potentially a great pairing. Enrique can provide the left side organisation – lets hope perch steps it up and performs like he did for Forest at SJP

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #37

    I was abit worried about his pace….


    from last season, keeps up with bale and outpaces Rodellega. Certainly has more pace hes given credit for.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Also, Stevie T is surely the answer to our right back weakness. Simpson should be converted into a winger and make shift full back as he is great going foward but i worry when people run at him…Dorrens tore him to shreds.

    Taylor loves to bomb forward, adds extra height to attacking/defending set pieces and can defend and will allow Colo/Campbell partnership.

  • JohnNUFC

    Jul 27, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Did a cracking job at arsenal last year and had a great partnership with distin at pompey so he’ll do very well for us! could be just the player to mould the young’uns.
    he gets stick for being slow but he’ll be fine, he’s not that slow and chances are we’ll be playin 4-5-1 with a DM so that’ll counterbalance….

    only question remains is has he got the legs to last when we qualify for the chapions league in 2011…. 🙂

  • MacToon

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #40

    😆 It was the Sun not me….. and Castrol did the timing not me 😆 Shoot the bleedin messanger ! lol

    Robby Bobson, some great saving tackles there on the clip, no wonder the Gooners were happy for him to play another year.


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