Campbell To Concentrate On Playing – No Coaching Duties

Chris Hughton has today confirmed that new signing Sol Campbell will not be involved in the coaching set-up at Newcastle next season, and will concentrate fully on the playing side of things in his year on Tyneside.

Sol Campbell – will concentrate on playing side only

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said this morning:

“For Sol it’s 100% about playing. That’s all we want him to concentrate on.”

“It’s about this season for Sol for now and we’ll see how he does.”

Of course Sol doesn’t just know Chris Hughton form his Tottenham days, but played alongside Colin Calderwood, who was a defender at Spurs from 1993 until 1999.

So if Sol does well next season, he may try to arrange a one year extension with some coaching responsibilities too, but we’ll see.

Chris Hughton will need to assess how fit the former Arsenal player is right now, and then decide when to give the former England star his first game for Newcastle.

Certainly the  PSV Eindhoven this Saturday will come too early for Campbell, and his best shot is an appearance at Glasgow Rangers the following weekend.

We will look forward to seeing Sol play his maiden game for the club, and have to hope he’ll have a great season ahead of him for the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we’ll see a few goals outta ol’Sol this season.

  • xfer

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    He will be useful not just on the pitch, but off it as well.

  • Chris F

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    he may not be coaching, but his experience will hopefully be invaluable for the younger players around him, as it’s bound to rub off.

  • Ericles

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Not worried about him coaching – let him use the Metro like the rest! His influence will be a huge asset and very useful as an example to our younger players.

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    maybe he could work on the doors at shearers bar on a friday night

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes, his 1 year contract does not mention any coaching, but i wouldnt be suprised, if it got extended next season then it would be as player/coach

  • baro

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I really want him to be a coach after he retires. Like everybody on here I think we will be unstoppable on corners. Andy Carroll, Sol Campbell, Colo, S.Taylor (injured), Shola. That is perfect.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    normally i would be very concerned about this
    signing because of sol’s age. newcastle has a
    history of overpaying has been stars. however,
    sol played well for arsenal last year in the
    premiership and champions league. i think he has
    at least one more good year in the tank. plus
    sol isn’t coming in as a mercenary. i’m sure
    we were at the bottom of the list as far as
    wages offered to sol. that means he is coming to
    newcastle because he wants to play here, not
    because its an easy paycheck. also with sol
    marrying a geordie gal that means he is a
    naturalized geordie lol.and finally, i know ed
    stated in this piece that sol would have no
    coaching role, but his experience is invaluable.
    he may not have a title that says he is a coach
    but he will definately play that role in some
    form. we have a herd of young defenders and by
    bringing sol in these defenders now have a world
    class leader to help mature these lads into full
    fledged prem league defenders. at 35 k a week on
    a free this is a steal in my book. i dont think
    you can put a pricetag on his leadership and
    experience for our defenders and also our team
    in general because we have a pretty young squad.
    this may be just what we need to keep us up. im
    really pleased with the gaffer and the moves he
    is making. what do my fellow toon army comrades

    all the way from the usa,
    howay the lads!!!!!!

  • ganiyu

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #9


  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #10


    We need Youth AND experience

    You dont get much more experience than Sol.

    Did you se him for the Gooners last season?? Didnt look like a pensioner to me!

  • Toon XI

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Not a huge layout of cash. Many positives from this signing, not a huge downside.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #12

    WHY are there so many people against Sol, and the other lads that have come in?????

    The lads are a team, you either support them as a team or you dont, you cant support 8,9,10 men

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    @ comment 8: i think you’ve just about summed up pretty much evry geordies view on Sol right now

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    i thought roeder was off his head when he turned down the chance to sign sol before he went to porstmouth.
    he seems to be able to do a job now and probably for quite a while still.

  • ganiyu

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    NUFC_Richyg01…………new intro to the starting eleven?

  • Timmers

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #16

    If Roeder had signed him back then, he wouldnt be with us now, as the relegation would have meant he wouldnt have signed an extension or back then he’d have been on 4 squillion a week so would have been let go.

  • ganiyu

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #17

    artem milevskyi

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Really happy with sol signing, I think he could teach Taylor slot, dya know that Campbell was the second fastest player behind Walcott last year in the premier league.

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    gg7 i readthat article after people where mentioning it yesterday although i bet that is just top speed and not off the spot

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    GG7 was that Sol or Frazier ? It just said campbell

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    it says sol in the article, a couple of paragraphs down. amazing really but i think that is just top speed.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Everyone knows we don’t have a lot of money, but you’d like to think the scouts would be lining up some one in Africa, S.America or other emerging countries etc, always with an eye looking a year down the line at what could be the next big thing.

    I appreciate Hughton has done a steady job, but I think our biggest problem is a lack of pace and creativity in midfield, other than Routledge.

    I don’t want us to be Stoke or a Blackburn and may be we can’t compete with the bigger teams, but I’d like us to carry a threat with some flair, rather than every match just trying to hold on for a draw.

    the higher you aim, the more chance of relative success. If you are going for 17th then more than likely you’ll be relegated.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Thanks lewman, that’s a bit of a bonus then.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    So we have a slow moving brick wall infront of our goal. That’ll do me.

    @ganiyu // Jul 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM


    Just what are you badly spelling, pioneers or pensioners?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 28, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #25

    @ comment 24:

    I think he was tryin to say Pensioners, he hasn’t posted on here in ages! i remember when he used to post he would always spell things wrong, however he kept changing his name all the time and was believed to be a tottenham fan by the majority of bloggers at that point, he claims he’s from Africa and cant speak much English yet a die hard Newcastle fan, i have ut most respect for evry1 on this blog however just cant work out Ganiyu’s status on this blog.. is he a NUFC fan simply giving his opinions? Is he really from Africa and has trouble spelling? is it the same guy? is he a spurs fan infact or any other club?

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #26

    i wonder what his feeling is?
    mine is it is probably our best transfer in a couple of seasons although gosling could turn out to be better but who really knows?

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #28

    What a a relief we’ve signed Costa del Sol…we desperately needed someone of his experience in the backline for this coming season…

  • danuneek

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #29

    For me this proves that we still have the pulling power of an established Premiership team despite just been promoted. We are a big club regardless of what league we are playing in. We just need to sign some creative players now.

  • danuneek

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #30

    And also, I would just like to give a shout out to Chris Hughton. He’s made some real decent signings and looks the real deal. I hope all goes well for him and he’s our manager for the next few years.

  • carroll9

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Hi, new to register on here, been reading for a long time and thought i’d finally register myself…

    I think Sol Campbell is a brilliant signing, a bit of experience is exactly what we need in our back 4, and I think he will bring Taylor, Kadar etc on leaps and bounds over the next year.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #32

    I cant see hughton getting sacked regardless of how we start the season, we need stability! I still think mancini will be first manager sacked

  • Partizan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I think Alex Ferguson will be the first to go 🙂

  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #34

    thats wishful thinking partizan, maybe after newcastle whip them 5-1 first game of the season 🙂

  • moonraker

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    For me it’s another step towards a half decent squad. If Sol can give us one good season and we finish in a respectable position he will have been a good signing. It takes a good manager to pull it together and CH is doing ok as far as I’m concerned and he’s still got over a month to get in one or two more.

    One thing for sure he wont be under as much pressure as Mancini at Man City; I can see that turning into a right pile of shite; what with Balotelli, Adebayor, Bellers et al, shouting the odds. I give Mancini till the end of October!

  • Partizan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Liverpool is in my city,they’re playing against our champion,they came practically with their second team,with only Agger,Skrtel,Aquilani from the top class players.

    Its gonna be a tough game i think,but its gonna be game over at Anfield for us 🙂

  • noir9

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Love them or loath them the special one & purple nose have a way of building a team spirit , mancini is in trouble trouble unless he makes a flying start but how on earth he can do that with so many new players.

  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    partizan???????????????? you have totally confused me, sorry but i have no idea what you are talking about

  • Partizan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #39


    Liverpool vs Rabotnicki on Thursday 1st leg of the 3rd qualifying round in Liga Europa

  • Partizan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Rabotnicki vs Liverpool sorry


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