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.