Macclesfield Town have confirmed that Sol Campbell has become their new manager after signing an 18-month deal.
The ex-Gunner has been on the lookout for a full-time first-team coaching opportunity for a couple of years since completing his UEFA pro licence with the Welsh FA.
He spent some time at London Colney undertaking his badges, but no job at Arsenal entailed. In the last 18 months, he’s spent time assisting the Trinidad & Tobago national team and most recently worked with England’s under-21s.
Drink anyone???? pic.twitter.com/vBRnExpXu4
— Macclesfield Town (@thesilkmen) November 27, 2018
In the aftermath of his 2011 retirement from football, he toyed with the idea of a life in politics but failed to make the Conservative party’s shortlist for their nomination for London Mayor in 2016. His focus soon returned to the beautiful game.
In 2014, Campbell labelled the Football Association ‘institutionally racist’ but has spoken more positively in recent days about the institution’s attempts to get more people of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds into football’s hierarchy. He becomes only the seventh black coach currently working across English football’s 92 professional teams.
For any readers of a Macclesfield Town persuasion, Sol had this to say last year on his playing-style preference, “Very defensive but amazing on the counterattack. Like Arsenal of old.”
He’s got his work cut out. Macclesfield are currently bottom of League Two with only 10 points from 19 games. Good luck to him.
While researching this story, we went down a Wikipedia rabbit hole looking up which other Wenger-era players have embarked on (and, in certain cases quickly, given up on) coaching careers.
Outside of those we hear about all the time (Vieira, Henry, etc), it’s a real mixed bag…
- Ian Wright spent a brief spell assisting Milton Keynes Dons
- Martin Keown coached Oxford University’s Blues
- Remi Garde is now at Montreal Impact
- Scott Marshall was a caretaker manager at Aston Villa
- Nicolas Anelka spent a few months as player-coach at Shanghai Shenhua
- Luis Boa Morte is heading things up at Portuguese side Sintrense
- Nelson Vivas was Diego Simeone’s assistant at Estudiantes, River Plate and San Lorenzo
- Omer Riza stepped in at Leyton Orient
- Oleg Luzhny is currently assistant at Dynamo Kiev
- Francis Jeffers is learning his trade at Everton’s academy