Sol Campbell has finally been presented with the chance to pivot into management after accepting an offer to take over as manager of Macclesfield Town.
The former Tottenham, Arsenal and England centre-half has long complained about being overlooked for management positions despite, in his own humble estimation, being “one of the greatest minds in football.”
Now, according to several well-placed sources, Campbell has been given the opportunity he’s been clamouring for for years…
Understand that Sol Campbell has accepted the management position at Macclesfield Town. Expect announcement in next 24/48 hours. #Silkmen
— Mike Minay (@MikeMinay) 27 November 2018
Campbell held talks with the Silkmen, who are currently five points adrift at the bottom of League Two, on Monday morning which apparently went well.
He will now be tasked with delivering the club from relegation back down into the National League, having only been promoted last season following a six-year absence.
We should also mention that Campbell is demonstrably quite odd as a human being and often appears to suffer with mild delusions of grandeur.
This is how he greeted being passed over for the Oxford United job last season:
Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well, I need a job to get experience.
I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking ‘what am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.
I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.
I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.
Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.
Thus outlining Sol’s major malfunction: a complete and utter lack of self-awareness.
This latest venture can only go well, though possibly/probably not from a Macclesfield Town perspective.