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.
‘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.