Sol Campbell has not had a good time of it on Tyneside, since he signed a one year deal at Newcastle last July, shortly after he married Fiona Barratt.
Sol Campbell – Pardew is keeping him on Tyneside
And there have been a number of reports this month linking him with a move away from Newcastle, but today Alan Pardew has said that Campbell is staying at Newcastle United.
The 36 year-old central defender has been linked with moves to both Arsenal and Glasgow Celtic.
Campbell was included in the squad for yesterday’s game against former club Tottenham for the first time in a long time, and that’s after Sol has recovered from injuries, which seem to have dogged his time at the club.
But it was bad news about Steven Taylor being out another 5 weeks with his hamstring injury, and Sol is not just needed for cover.
The new Newcastle manager also believes Campbell still has an important role at Newcastle, for the rest of the season.
Pardew said today:
“I want to keep Sol. He is a giant figure in the game and players can learn from him – even if he does not get in the team.”
“He has not been fit and he has not been available since he played against Liverpool, so it has been difficult.”
“However, he has looked terrific in recent days.”
Sol has appeared just 6 times for Newcastle so far this season.
At the end of the season it will be interesting to see what Sol does, because it’s unlikely he will be retained by the club, but he could still do a job at some other club, maybe a Championship club to help get them promoted.
Maybe Leicester City, where he could team up again with Sven Eriksson?