Newcastle And Sol Campbell Disagree Over Contract


Sol Campbell has refused to take an offer from Newcastle to end his contract early on Tyneside.

Sol Campbell – disagreement with club on walking early

Sol Campbell’s experiment at Newcastle has not been a success, and in fact it’s been a failure if not a disaster.

Sol has only appeared 8 times this season for Newcastle and has never looked solid at the back for Newcatsle when he’s played, and he’s also been out injured most of the time.

Former manager Chris Hughton pleaded with owner Mike Ashley last summer to take the free agent, since at 36 years old he’s certainly didn’t fit the profile of  young players Newcastle are interested in signing these days.

It also seems that sources at Newcastle are disappointed that Campbell has refused to settle his contract and leave the club early, with the former England International being continually injured this season, and of course he is now out for the rest of the season – injured.

Newcastle tried to end Sol’s contract early by mutual agreement, but Sol has refused to do that, which of course is his right.

It seems that Campbell is still on around £40K/week (£160K/month) at Newcastle and also received a signing on fee, when he signed  last July.

A club source told the Daily Express today:

“Sol has not really been involved and is clearly winding down his career, seeing out his time and being clearly unhappy with his injuries.”

“The club offered a settlement on his contract so that he could walk away after the season ends but he refused.”

“Instead, there is a clause that allows him to take another month’s money and he is going to eke out his final pay check in July for another £160K.”

“It leaves a sour taste. He clearly doesn’t need the money and, if he had any honor, he would go in June.”

There’s even news today in the Express that the poor performance of Campbell at Newcastle was a factor in Chris Hughton losing his job, but if that’s true that’s  a bit harsh.

Sol has every right to see out his contract of course, and although it would have been more convenient and cheaper for the club to end the deal early, they couldn’t get an agreement on that.

But this episode should not be blown out of proportion – and the Sol Campbell experiment at Newcastle simply didn’t work, and Sol will be off the wage bill soon enough.

You win some – you lose some.

Comments welcome.



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43 comments so far

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    To be honest rich or not, 160 grant is a good amount of wedge. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it, that’s for sure. The problem here, is not Sol Campbell, it’s the nature of professional football contracts. All Sol is doing, is showing the world that he isn’t a complete mug.

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  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Grand, not grant.

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  • connor_nufc

    May 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Our fault for giving him the contract in the first place!

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  • lewis_nufc

    May 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Campbell is a quality centre back and is worth every bit of the money Newcastle have to offer him.

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  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Wouldn’t go that far lewis. I thought he would have made far more appearances, and was delighted when we signed him. The fact that Wenger still wanted him at Arsenal spoke volumes.

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  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    I think he’s been the signing of the season. Closely followed by Perch

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  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Any guy who says he wants to go on honeymoon and miss the first few games of the season is a wrong’un in my book. Could tell from the start his attitude wasn’t right. Not to mention his weight!

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  • lewis_nufc

    May 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    He WAS THE signing of the season

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  • Phatoon

    May 18, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    How much would “we” really save getting rid of him early? If we are paying him off then it will not be a great deal.

    Why rock the boat with him and just milk his experience for another 2 months for the kids.

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  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10
  • Davies

    May 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Same response as I posted on Worky’s blog:

    This is awful. I can’t believe it got as far as the papers. You agree to pay someone, you pay them. “Honour” the contract.

    Of course, from a player’s point of view, a contract means Jack Shit (see the recent departure of a gangly Newcastle number 9 for further details) and players do have way too much power when it comes to these things, but I have to say, Sol’s in the right here and the club are trying to cheap out of a stupid agreement they made.

    With the transfer window approaching so quickly, you’d think we’d try to make ourselves a little more attractive to any prospective signings, wouldn’t you?

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  • toonfan09

    May 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    im sure spurs just follow our scouts everywhere

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  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    toonfan09, yeah i recon they will get him and gamiero!

    and liverpool will go after ben arfa next!

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  • MonsterMagnet

    May 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #14

    What on earth are we doing giving Sol Campbell £40K a week? I thought stupid contracts were being ironed out of this club. I can see why Barton is annoyed with his wage level – if they’re giving Sol £40K a week, Barton deserves £400K.

    So much for running the club responsibly!

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  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Moster Magnet it was Hughtons twisting of MA’s arm that saw Campbell signed. Not that i’m having a go but it was the managers wish

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  • MonsterMagnet

    May 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Did anyone see the WBA away game? Campbell was awful, a total liability. I’m not surprised his performances were part of Hughton being moved out – they were deadful. He couldn’t control the ball and was totally out of place in a team that always tried to pass it out from the back and play the ball. Total calamity signing. I just hope he’s been useful on the training ground, giving advice and sharing his experience with Tayls, Kadar, Tavernier etc.

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  • nufc_mad

    May 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I hate Liverpool

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  • aaronjd

    May 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Lewis are you taking the piss?

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  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Spurs and Liverpool are a joke, they just wait and see who other teams i.e us are looking at then go for them…modrich for example!
    i will be shocked if they both dont go for ben arfa, then shane ferguson.

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  • dave 1961

    May 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    is that Mr Llambias talking about honour, he’s a hypocrite when he has 0% honour himself, the odious little creep. yes Llambias your an odious little creep 100% creep.

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  • toonfan09

    May 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    dave 1961 any news on sale if there is gonna be one

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  • dave 1961

    May 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #22

    alex you will fins that Pardews will act as a smoke screen to cover our true targets, Graham Carr reports direct to Ashley, modern football has changed and the few managers that conduct transfers make a mess. you have to trust your scouting team, the only ones that know who we want is the two that need to know. Pardews scouting are to con the watchers.

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  • dave 1961

    May 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    I have looked and found nothing but if its to happen it has to be in the next 3-4 weeks, or I am 100% wrong, but don’t worry the wife’s an awful cook so humble pie should go down a treat.

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  • bishopmag

    May 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #24

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_6938179,00.html defoe is unhappy. I’d take him in a heart beat

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  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    good to see he’s being ‘honest’

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  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #26

    but i would also take him, given it’s for a reasonable price. Say 8m?

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  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #27

    dave 1961, well i have full trust in Carr, so i hope he is bringing gems to sjp.

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  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Meanwhile, the Chronicle understands Alan Pardew will not be pursuing January target Carlton Cole this summer.

    Read More http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2011/05/18/kevin-nolan-will-be-raring-to-go-next-season-72703-28715437/2/#ixzz1MhlpUYEo

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  • dave 1961

    May 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #29

    what I think Qatar holdings are doing instead of buying man U for £1.8b they seem to be spreading the net wide psg from France, a club from Italy & a club from England. & Qatar holding have rumoured to have someone in the club now handling transfers.

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  • toonfan09

    May 18, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #30

    didnt think u cud own more than one club because of mixed obligations or whatever its called

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  • toonfan09

    May 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31

    conflict of interest

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  • Mags

    May 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Does this apply when each club are in different countries – just a thought?

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  • Brutooon

    May 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Campbell
    Xisco
    Alan Smith

    ALL on HIGH WAGES

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  • toonfan09

    May 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #34

    dont know i know abromavich has shares in a russian team but he doesnt own it out right

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  • stuart no9

    May 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #35

    sols contract was ridiculous from the very start . first he should never had one , then if he did get one it should have been on a pay as you play basis, his attitude was , cant be ars.d last pay packet,the excuse for his weight was his honeymoon? F…K OFF , if he wanted to play football , he would have watched his weight, watching him play was like watching the old donkeys on skegness beach, mugged again , when will we ever f,,,king learn?

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #36

    At the end of the day he was never going to agree to it was he

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #37

    No offense dave 1961 but can’t see our owner selling up now. We will stay up, he will continue to sell our best players and bring in young promising players as replacements (as long as they are cheap, no Connor Wickhams) and he will get every penny of his money out of the club plus a healthy profit by keeping the club for several more years and then selling. We will have an interesting team but never a winning one with this man and his cronies.

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  • davis_toons

    May 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Spurs after Gervinho now…?

    Spurs will always get the players they wanted by Newcastle.

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  • stuart no9

    May 18, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #39

    DAVE1961 on lampiarse well said true to the word, lets hope fatty sells up m8

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  • davis_toons

    May 18, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Tottenham are understood to be towards the front of the queue, with Harry Redknapp having been in attendance for Lille’s recent French Cup success.

    “I have read in the French press and been told by a friend in London that Harry has been to watch me,” he said.

    Pardew did not even went himself to watch Gervinho play- does this means anything?

    Maybe Pardew is not so keen? Out of our budget maybe.

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