Sol Campbell

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  • Sol Campbell was undoubtedly one of the truly great English defenders and is widely regarded as the finest English centre-half of his generation. Strong, athletic and imposing with great positional sense, Sol was strong both in the tackle and in the air, while mentally his focus and self-belief made him impervious to everything his opponents could throw at him. His mental strength was perhaps best demonstrated when he made the move across North London from Spurs to their bitter rivals Arsenal, something comparable only to Luis Figo moving from Barca and Real Madrid.

    After 20 years in the Premier League and 11 years as an England international, Sol is now focussed on becoming as successful a football coach as he was when winning the Premier League twice, FA Cup three times and the League cup. In his first appointment in 2017, Sol spent 6 months assisting Dennis Lawrence, manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team and has travelled across Italy gaining experience with 4 different Serie A clubs. He is now looking for the right club for the next stage of his coaching and managerial career.

    Sol’s football philosophy as a coach mirrors his mentality as a player, cast iron defensively, well organised and totally disciplined. While very compact at the back to stop the opposition breaking behind his defence, once in possession he likes to swiftly counter attack moving his defence and midfield into attacking as a unit up the pitch. Sol’s tactical methods will have defensive solidity and swift counter-attacking at their heart.

    An erudite and compassionate man, Sol is calm and measured when interviewed which allows his vast knowledge of life in and out of football to shine through, this gives him a broad appeal to TV viewers. He is also passionate about his charity work while his candid views on the racism still prevalent in English football polarised opinion when his autobiography was released in 2014.