A very good interview today with Sol Campbell, and as usual Sol comes over as an upbeat and positive person, even though he has struggled to play many first team games for Newcastle this season.
Sol Campbell – will he stay on as coach on Tyneside?
We know Sol was more than a little upset when Chris Hughton left the club in December, but he seems to have got over that, and even seems OK with the support role he now has at the club.
This is what he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“At the moment I’m fit, I’ve been okay for a couple of weeks, but I’m happy to help out wherever and whenever I can,”
“I’ll play when I can and I will support the team in everything. It’s not over yet, we’ve got to keep on going, keep looking forward and keep positive. Once we are safe, we can look at what we can do after that.”
“We’re eight points clear of the bottom three and it’s been a good season up until now if you look at what we were trying to do when I signed, which was make sure we stayed up at the end of this season. The boys have played really well and we could have had even more points than we’ve got.”
“There have been a few games where we haven’t got what we deserved, where things have not quite gone for us, so it was important that we got a win at Birmingham – and that sets us up nicely for the rest of the season.”
We thought once Sol was fit this season he would be in the first team, but he had one or two games when he looked less than sure and of course Coloccini and Williamson have been in top form and Steven Taylor looked very good when he came back from his many injuries of last year.
So Sol is currently 4th choice buit it was good to see him get a late run-out in the tremendous win at Birmingham a week ago.
But Sol is not one to complain, and he’s a great example to the young lads of how a real professional should conduct himself.
And Sol said he’s enjoyed being at Newcastle, and has only had good things to say about the current players:
“I’ve enjoyed it here. It’s been eventful and there have been ups and downs, but it’s been good.”
“I’m old enough to know you just have to get on with it.” “There are going to be problems and we’ve had a few changes along the way, but we have dealt with them.”
“Everything is in the past. It’s all about the league now and making sure we are safe.” “I’ve been involved in a lot of dressing rooms in my career, I’ve seen good team spirit before, but there is a strength and unity among us that has undoubtedly helped.”
“From what I can gather from the guys who were here when it happened, Newcastle didn’t have that the last time they went down.” “It’s fantastic now, and that gets you through difficult periods.”
“There is a confidence in the camp which shines through. We’ve moved another step away from the mess below us that we don’t want to get involved in.”
“We don’t want to be dragged into it and we’ve given ourselves some breathing space. The sooner we make it mathematically impossible for us to get into any of that, the better.”
We cannot really see Sol getting an extension of his contract on Tyneside, but we would like him to stay on at Newcastle, possibly as a coach.
Who better than Sol to help to bring the Newcastle youngsters through, which is an important job at Newcastle, and he’s so such a classy person too.
But we don’t know if Sol wants to play another season somewhere else, maybe at Leicester City, and if he does that may not happen, not for now in any case.
For the record Sol has appeared 7 times for Newcastle and in the last two seasons has made only 22 total appearances at Notts County, Arsenal and Newcastle.
But there’s no doubt that Sol is a credit to himself, and to Newcastle.