Being a professional footballer cannot be easy – especially if you read the gossip press – because quite honestly there’s a lot of made-up stuff in them.
Sol Campbell – which paunch?
And it was a little over the top to call Sol Campbell fat – we couldn’t see any signs of any paunch or anything – at least not in the pictures we saw – but there again the old eye-sight isn’t what it used to be.
And footballers shouldn’t be pencil thin if they are to have any strength in them, but Sol came out blasting yesterday with all guns blazing, and said the following about the many jibes of him being over-weight:
“It’s pathetic.””I had been training for three days – just three days! I am three weeks behind everyone else in pre-season. Don’t they know I have just got married and been on honeymoon?” (shouldn’t he be fitter?)
“I accept that the picture wasn’t flattering, and I do need to catch up on my level of fitness, but the training kit was not very flattering, and showed up all sorts of things.”
“The truth is that I am now in better shape than when I started off back at Arsenal after a long lay-off. I got myself back into shape at Arsenal, and I think I had a reasonably good end-half of the season.”
We think Sol is a little angry because he’s such a professional and hey, if this is motivation for him to get fit that little bit faster – then all the better.
Campbell turned down a one-year deal at Arsenal and rejected another offer from Glasgow Celtic and at least one German club last week, to make his switch to St James’ Park.
It was a great signing by Newcastle, make no mistake about that.
We have no worries at all that in a week or so Sol will be getting fit fast, and we would hope he can at least be ready for the bench against Manchester United – but the aim has to be to play against Glasgow Rangers – at least for some minutes this coming Saturday.
“I am a naturally big guy, but I cannot rush my conditioning, otherwise trying too much too quickly could result in injuries.“Of course I can understand the manager wants me to be in the side, but the season starts in just two weeks and I really need three to four weeks to get back to peak fitness.
“I’ve seen it all before, done it all before, heard it all before, but that means I also know exactly what to do.” “It’s a long season and I cannot listen to idiots. I know these things cannot be rushed.”
“What I do know is that I will achieve peak fitness given the time I need to do it. It might be that I will need to play and then put in extra training in between games.”
“My message is simple to all the knockers: I am knuckling down and want to play my football with a great club and a great manager. Then you can judge me.”
Good words from Sol, and there’s our answer – he cannot rush things – which is fine by us.
We all have our jobs to do and just like I’m up at 5:00 am in Newcastle this morning writing these articles before our trip to York today – we have to assume Sol is already at the Benton training grounds running his laps.
OK – I’m only kidding – I think. 😀