Sol Campbell Shoots For The Stars – And Europe


It looks like Sol Campbell will miss Newcastle’s next three games against Deportivo La Coruña in Spain tonight, Saturday’s trip to Glasgow Rangers, and the Premier League opener at Manchester United on August 16th.

Sol Campbell – with his number 5 shirt

Sol says he expects to be much fitter in a couple of weeks time, and he still wants to get back into the England side, would you believe.

Sol talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I always say ‘shoot for the stars’ and honestly I think we should be aiming for Europe. I’m in it to win it here – I haven’t joined a club that is making up the numbers. It’s a big club that should be going for that,”

“The good thing about Newcastle is we’ve got enough guys who have played at the very top. That will be invaluable this season for sure.”

“It’ll calm us down when we’re winning games and we won’t be naive like other newly-promoted sides might be. Also, if we’re going through a bit of a sticky patch we’ll be able to stay calm and negotiate a way out of it.”

“I’ll try my and best to make sure Newcastle are going in the right direction. For me, I love getting into Europe and that’s my goal with this club. I don’t mind putting my head on the block and saying that’s what this squad is capable of.”

And Sol, fresh from his outburst yesterday, following the criticism of him  being too fat, has said he did have other options that he turned down to join the Newcastle United club.

Sol continued:

“I did have other options and I did talk to other clubs. The biggest thing is I want to play football,” .

“Once I’m up and running I want to just play, I don’t want to be part of a squad really, I don’t want it to be stop-start all the way through a season. I know competition is good and things like that but the competition has to be fair.”

“For me, I’m just going to play my football and allow that to speak for me,”  “If someone from England sees me and says ‘Get involved’ then great, but I have to just concentrate on Newcastle at the moment.”

“I need to get them going in the right direction first, help them towards a strong first season back in the Premier League. If England come calling then that’s a bonus. If people overlook me then there’s nothing I can do about it.”

“Last season I had a good chance I thought given how well I’d been playing but I was overlooked. You can’t force people to love you, I guess.”

Sol could have a terrific impact on the players in the  Newcastle squad, because he’s done it all,  and you can see his positive attitude, and that anything is possible, but first you have to believe it’s possible.

That’s what Newcastle needs this season, to overcome far too much negativity on Tyneside about not enough transfer funds being made available.

These days you can pick up good bargains with players now seeing out their contracts and becoming free agents, and we think Chris Hughton has already signed three very decent players with the promise of more players on the way.

We’re with Sol on what is possible this season, although it’s a bit of a stretch to say we can qualify for Europe.

That will be very difficult, and as long as we stay up, we’ll be happy this season.

Comments welcome.


15 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    One season to get us into Europe? And they say that Newcastle supporters/Geordies suffer from delusion… !

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  • rknufc

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    hopefully CH is waiting till newcastle are in europe to sort out talks whith hatem ben arfa

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  • rknufc

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    any links for the match tonight?

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  • Magpie_May

    Aug 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I think this link will appear when the game come.

    Just check it out
    http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=82873&part=sports

    and it’s also televise live in Al Jazeera Sport +2 channel so I guess it’s must be something on internet.

    Hope it would help.

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    haha, get out i europe first season, and aiming to be a England player again. Its people like them that always let us down belivin we are the best in the world.

    please prove me wrong!

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  • Moreno

    Aug 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    He should be aiming for the moon, then if he misses, he’ll hit the stars!

    On a serious note, positive mental attitude is everything, and theres plenty of that around SJP at the minute with the players.
    I just hope the fans follow suit as we are pretty pessemistic nowadays (probably rightly so!)

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  • saroof

    Aug 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

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  • freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Looks like he has been shooting for the milky way stars.

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  • freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Was he aiming for the stars when he did a runner for arsenal when they were 2-0 down to wet spam after his errors in that game? The bloke is a clown. Gutted we have signed the fat lump to be honest.

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  • JSYproject

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    freddie, everyone makes mistakes, no one but you is expecting him to have a completely flawless season, we al know hes not the man he was but he still has more to offer than our current defence. You cant bring up 1 bad game and declare him shit, just makes you look pathetic.

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  • freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    jsyproject. With our crap midfield covering the defence sol will have to do more defending than in his entire career. I think he will be made to look the fat oap he is this coming season. Shame its going to be our club he disgraces.

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  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    arsenal rarely have any midfield covering the defence freddie. they are an all out attacking team.

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  • ToonMad92

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Its really starting to F**k me off i honestly dont see what the problem with sol is he is an experianced player who can play but also give advice seeing as he has played high levels of competitive football , as he said he has allways been a big bloke , fair enough he had a bad game in the champions leauge against porto but my god did no one see colo in the premier leauge when we got relegated he was terrible and i think campbell is a much better player so stop giving him shit .

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  • Stuart

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Freddie, I’ve noticed that every time you post its always something negative. How can you call yourself a newcastle supporter if you can’t even get behind your team in the slightest.

    If the 52000 fans that go to every home game were you there’d just be 90mins of you booing our own team.

    What would make you happy? We sign Messi, Fabregas, Rooney etc and win the premiership with an unbeaten season?

    Though I’m sure you’d still find something to complain about even then.

    Go back to Sunderland you dirty mackem.

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  • ToonMad92

    Aug 3, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said stuart.

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