Sol Campbell: Macclesfield Town name ex-England defender as manager


Sol Campbell: New Macclesfield boss gets first taste of managerial life

Former England defender Sol Campbell has said “it’s good to be back in football” after being appointed manager of League Two side Macclesfield Town.

It is the 44-year-old’s first role as a manager and he has taken charge with the Silkmen five points adrift at the foot of the English Football League.

Campbell played 73 times for England and appeared in six major tournaments.

He also won several domestic honours, including Premier League titles with Arsenal in 2001-02 and 2003-04.

Campbell, who was in Exeter to watch his new side in action on Tuesday, told BBC Sport that he was pleased to get the job and that his players were “up for it”. He will address the media on Thursday.

Macclesfield were National League champions last season but have struggled on their return to the EFL, winning only two of their 19 league games so far this season.

BBC Radio Manchester reported on 23 November that Campbell had held initial talks with Macclesfield, and he was pictured on Tuesday arriving at the club’s Moss Rose ground to finalise an 18-month contract.

Campbell’s chance finally comes

Since retiring as a player in 2012, Campbell has been linked with managerial jobs at Grimsby Town and Oxford United.

He once described himself as “one of the greatest minds in football” and, in 2014, claimed he would have been “England captain for more than 10 years” had he been white.

Away from football, in 2015 Campbell declared his intention to become Mayor of London as a Conservative candidate, but was not included on the party’s final shortlist.

Campbell begins his managerial career four years after describing the lack of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) managers in English football as a “sad indictment” of the game.

Sol Campbell (right) scored for England against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup

The former Tottenham, Portsmouth and Newcastle centre-back has a Uefa Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification available, which is mandatory for all first-team managers wishing to work in the Premier League.

That qualification was gained with the Welsh FA. “I wanted to be with different people with different ideas. I have been with the English FA since I was 14 years old but they’ve not really made me feel welcome,” he told the Guardian in 2013.