Newcastle United have come out of the signing of Sol Campbell looking golden.
Sol Campbell – great signing by Chris Hughton
First there was 20 year-old youngster Dan Gosling, who chose Newcastle over a bunch of other clubs, and now the word is that 35 year-old Sol Campbell was in negotiations with Arsenal and Celtic, when he heard about Newcastle’s interest, and if you believe the news – that was it – and he decided before he even got married that Newcastle was the club for him.
And then yesterday Campbell waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club, who he chose despite being offered European Champions League football and higher wages by other clubs.
Sol is past his best, yes, but his performances for Arsenal earlier this year were solid and accomplished, and his professionalism and vast experience at all levels of football, plus the fact he knows both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood well from his Tottenham days, makes this is a great signing – in fact a match made in heaven, and we are not the only ones saying that.
Sol is calm and measured at the back and if he can get fit and stay fit, he could be a man mountain for Newcastle in the tough days ahead next season in the Premier League.
His substantial pedigree, not only in being an experienced player in one of the most important positions on the field, but also in terms of his leadership in the dressing room, will help develop other players at the club like James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson – plus youngsters like Tamas Kadar and Haris Vuckic.
Hughton and Calderwood must be doing something right to be able to attract this caliber of player, and if Newcastle can avoid a relegation struggle next season, it will be as successful a season as our promotion season was – and then we can push on from there.
But then next summer should be a lot easier for the club, because more and more players will want to join our famous football club.
And while talking to my brother-in-law Michael last night, he said there was someone out there, who would become manager at Newcastle and win Newcastle United their very first trophy in more than 40 years – he’s out there somewhere said Michael.
I suggested he was already sitting in the Newcastle manager’s chair.
Howay The Lads!!