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Sol Campbell Could Hang Up His Boots This Summer

It’s not a huge surprise that the local press in Newcastle today, are reporting that Sol Campbell will leave the club in the summer.

Sol Campbell – could retire at season end

Sol was signed shortly after his wedding to Fiona Barratt last July, on a free transfer, and there was a one year option the club could pick up, but it’s hardly a shock that Newcastle will not do that.

When Sol has come into the side this season, he’s appeared only 8 times with 4 starts, he’s looked a little vulnerable, and it could be that time is finally catching up with the player, who was a world class center-back in his time.

One reason Sol joined Newcastle is that he had a good relationship with former manager Chris Hughton, but once Chris was fired in December, things didn’t look too bright for Campbell and he’s hardly been used by new manager Alan Pardew.

Sol is one of those players who will be unloaded in the summer, so that new players can be brought in, and the Newcastle wage bill can be kept under some sort of control.

Campbell is on big wages at the club, so his departure will help that and other players who may be moved out this summer include Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge, Xisco and James Perch.

Alan Pardew has talked in positive terms about both Danny Guthrie and James Perch, so it will be interesting to see whic players he unloads, and of course Alan also has to decide the fate of a number of the Newcastle youngsters, whose contracts run out in the summer.

It could well be that Sol Campbell finally finishes off what has been a fantastic career for him, both at club and International level for England.

While he hasn’t played much for Newcastle, Sol Campbell is a terrific professional and will have been a great role model for the many promising youngsters at the Newcastle club.

For the record, Sol has made 644 club appearances with 29 goals in his career, and played 73 times for England with one goal.

In short he was a great center-back.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • The Shola Show

    May 5, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Divint gan man sol

  • Brutooon

    May 5, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    install him as coach. good for the youngsters

  • nolan4

    May 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Well if he does go he has been a good influence on the youngsters. And credit to big Mike Williamson for keepin sol out the team

  • The Entertainers

    May 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    The sad thing about Campbell leaving, is whilst he was here we farmed out Tomas Kadar, hoping he would gain in experience and come back a better player and replace Campbell the following season.
    Unfortunately through injury this hasn’t been the case. Yes the backup plan may have been the extra year we could have offered Sol if Kadar needed it, which he does before get g anywhere near our first team. But Campbell certainly doesn’t warrant the extra year, I just worry Kadar may not ‘be’ up to the first team just yet and a full season in the lower leagues would benefit him.
    Instead Sol will undoubtedly leave and Kadar may well well ‘be’ promoted to the first team squad, kicking his heels on the bench at best not moving forward and still lacking experience, as I don’t think he’ll ‘be’ threatening anyones first team place just let after a stop start campaign with Clarkys Huddersfield.

  • lee1892

    May 5, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Got to say when he signed I was over the moon, thinking he was still good. He’s defo past it, looked very poor when he has played… so slow it’s unreal.

    Although I think Williamson has done well on a whole just how many goals has he been at fault for this season because he has switched off and left his man? Gotta be dropped for Stevie T on Saturday.

    Also glad see Simpson is finally getting a bit stick, the lad isn’t in the same league as Beye was. We need a physical right back for next season. I’d start Ryan T on Saturday ahead of him too.

    I hope Kadar gets a few run outs pre-season so we can see how good he is!

  • tom tomb

    May 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Thought he already had retired!!

  • RedMissionBells

    May 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope Campbell stays on at Newcastle on some capacity. He can definitely add value and share his experiences with our youngsters such as Kadar and Shane Fergurson.

    Campbell was once a world class defender and England first choice. He knows what it takes to be a top defender. I am sure even Williamson will benefit with Campbell around.


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