Hughton Successful In Persuading Ashley On Sol Campbell


It’s not really very surprising news in the Daily Mail today that Chris Hughton had some persuading to do to sign 35 year-old Sol Campbell.

Sol Campbell – in training at Benton yesterday

Mike Ashley’s policy of signing players  26 or younger is a good one, and ensures a number of things such as building for the future, getting good deals wherever possible, and even if the transfer turns out to be a bad one – being able (usually), to at least recuperate the money spent on a player.

That was one reason we didn’t believe the stories linking Sol Campbell with Newcastle, and why we were surprised – and then delighted – that Newcastle had signed this terrific and experienced , if older player.

Chris said:

‘You know it’s shorter term but it fits your need,’

It is certainly a short term move, and we were surprised that Sol didn’t sign for two years,. but Ashley probably only agreed to sign up on Sol for one year,  and we’ll now see if the player can get the job done for Newcastle, and if he can, then it will be fairly straight forward to sign Sol for another season.

The fact that Ashley is willing to break his own rules when reason and need prevail,  shows good thinking and management – and he has supported Chris again in what the 51 year-old manager is trying to do on Tyneside.

The signing of Sol Campbell is another stellar one to go with Dan Gosling – and both players cost the club zippo in the transfer market.

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9 comments so far

  • Visten

    Jul 30, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Now we just need to find that little playmaker to gell the team and we will do ok.

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  • Charlietoon

    Jul 30, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I almost commented on the daily mail page but I didn’t want to do the article justice…and Ed I’m a little surprised you bothered yourself.

    One sentence that was probably the answer to why did you get sol….It has nothing to do with chris having to persuade ashley.

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Sol looks as if he’s put a little weight on based on photo above.

    He will need minimum a month to get himself match fit by the looks of him. So can expect Colo and Williamson in central defense against Man Utd

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks like Sol had plenty of wedding cake!

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  • listie

    Jul 30, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Sol is definatly filling that training top!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope the Shitty Pooma tops can take the strain!

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  • xfer

    Jul 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    He has got a huge belly from that picture!

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  • xfer

    Jul 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Colo is already panting after 2 hurdles?

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Have’nt seen Dennis Wise on TV lately, did Sol have him for breakfast?

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