Alan Pardew Will Keep Sol Campbell On Tyneside

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?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Jan 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    OLD Campbell

    SOLD Campbell

    OLD and go SOLD him

  • ganiyu

    Jan 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #2

    the story of a finished and back up player who cares.

  • Davies

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the best Sol has to offer now is his experience. To train with him has to be of massive benefit to the likes of Taylor, Williamson, Simpson and Perch. I really don’t mind having him on the bench at all, as he can still do a job in the short term, but his contribution off the pitch must be massive.

  • Sav

    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Superb defender and great pro would be an asset in the coaching dept. and in the changing room.
    Sol missed his pre-season completely and that can make a huge difference especially att 36 but its not too old for a pro CB who takes care of himself.

    Divvent hoy him oot until we’re sure he’s not going to make it – Stephen Carr anyone?

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #5

    o no.

  • spanishtoon

    Jan 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Cant help but feel sol was a bit of a waste of money…lookedva bit panicky in the games he played to me…
    On the theme of mercenaries, look at what old brucie is up to


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