In August 2009, former England defender, Sol Campbell, reportedly turned down several offers from Premier League clubs to join lower-league Notts County. By September, he was gone. I suppose when you are hated by the fans of the club you started your career with, it seems right to end your career in the same manner. However, it does seem Campbell is not ready to end his relationship with the game; only the club.
The ex-Arsenal centre-half signed a five-year contract with the League Two outfit, who were recently taken over by Munto Finance. After donning the black and white shirt on just one occasion, a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Morecambe, Cambell had had enough.
Notts County fans aren’t the first to be upset by Sol
The excuse given was that he was promised major signings, such as World Cup winner Roberto Carlos. In all honesty, it was clear to everybody but the man himself that Campbell was going to be the biggest name to join the Magpies this summer. And now it has become somewhat of a common theory as to the reasons behind the 35-year-old’s premature departure from Meadow Lane, that, after a typical League Two away day, he realised what he had signed up for.
The Notts County fans may not be happy with the player who will now be known as “traitor” by two clubs, and rightly so in my opinion. However; once he had made his decision that he no longer wanted to be involved with the club’s ambitious “project”; it must be best for all concerned that the relationship was not allowed to continue. After all, no League Two club wants a former England defender on their wage bill if his heart’s not with the club. And the move is clearly not about money, as Campbell will now not be granted permission to join a fifth club of his career until the January transfer window.
Campbell played just one game for County before turning his back on the club
So What’s Next for Sol?
The termination of Sol Campbell’s contract inevitably preceded a flurry of rumours surrounding his future. One of the most persistent rumours was that he was set to return to the club where he started his career: Tottenham Hotspur. However Harry Redknapp, who brought him to Portsmouth in 2006, was quick to dismiss that speculation, saying “I said during the summer that, if I was the boss of any other Premier League club, I’d sign Sol like a shot. That statement still applies today. But there is no way in the world Sol is ever going to play for Spurs again.”
So Campbell will continue to ponder his career, with retirement seemingly a realistic prospect. I think I would not be alone in saying that would be a sour way to end an ultimately successful playing career.
Money? What Money?
With Campbell’s departure hitting the headlines, County have also produced in intriguing side-note, which will only hinder their reputation further. The Football League have announced that they are continuing to investigate the identity of the club’s owners.
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