Sol Campbell says he’s in negotiations with a club on the continent as he looks to secure his first managerial appointment.
The ‘Invincible’, who last year attempted to make the shortlist to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, completed his UEFA Pro-Licence with the Welsh FA in May and is now eligible to coach and manage at the elite end of the game.
Speaking to The Times, the former England international hinted that his decision to look abroad is rooted in a lack of appreciation for his qualities here in England.
“I am in active negotiations and we will see how things pan out over the next two or three weeks,” he said.
“I am waiting for someone to come back to me. I will have to see the proposal. I am probably recognised more in Europe than my own country. Players and managers understand and appreciate me more. You can’t be king in your own country. Sometimes you have to go away to come back.”
Campbell makes no bones about his grand ambitions for the future, adding that he’d will not rule out taking an international position should one become available.
“I have the skill set for that now,” he added. “International football is a big cup game. I have always had confidence in my own ability.
“I might surprise people, I might upset a few people, but I will always push the boundaries.”
“I have a five or six-year plan and eventually I will get a top club. Everyone has their own destiny. Mine is to lead a top team in Europe and then, who knows, England. I am ready for it, for all the challenges. I was like that as a player; head down, committed.
“I have been through everything in life. Managers have to have that in their locker — humility, the psychological side, the fitness side, knowing when to put the arm around a player or to kick them up the behind; the brains, the patience. I have the fire in my belly. My mind and soul are ready.”
Arseblog News waits with baited breath to see if this mystery club offers Campbell a position. We’re curious to see how he gets on in the fishbowl that is top-flight management.