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Sol Campbell: New Macclesfield Town boss says they have someone who was one of the best footballers in the world

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The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender was appointed manager of Macclesfield – who are bottom of the EFL – earlier this week

Sol Campbell has described himself as someone who has been “one of the best footballers in the world” in his first press conference as Macclesfield Town boss.

The ex-England defender, 44, was appointed manager of League Two’s bottom club on Tuesday, replacing Mark Yates.

Campbell had a glittering playing career

Campbell had a glittering playing career

He watched from the stands as Macclesfield beat Exeter later that day which was only their third league win this season.

When asked if he felt his appointment was a gamble, Campbell said: “Macclesfield fans will probably say ‘what’s going on here?’”

“You’ve got an international footballer who has been one of the best footballers in the world coming to your club, I think there’s a nice mutual balance there.”

Campbell had a glittering playing career – winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal as well as being named in the 2002 World Cup’s all-star team after helping England reach the quater-finals of the tournament.

Campbell in action for England during the 2002 World Cup

Campbell in action for England during the 2002 World Cup

This is Campbell’s first managerial job four years after describing the lack of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) managers in English football as a “sad indictment” of the game.

He is now the eighth BAME manager in England’s top four divisions after spending time helping Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21 side earlier this month as part of a Football Association initiative to address the issue of under-representation of BAME coaches.

However, ex-England team-mate Paul Ince believes Campbell deserves a better job than the one he has got.

Asked if he could see improvements being made, he said: “I’m not going to go down that road and state the obvious.

“I’ve got the opportunity and I’ve got to take it with both hands, work my socks off and see how far I can go.

“That’s the thing for me. You want the situation to become normal, so you don’t see black or white, you just see a football manager.

“I took my first training session today [Thursday] after half a game against Exeter which was quite nice, watching from the stands, and I took some notes to take into the dressing room at half-time,” he added.

“The guys are good. They’ve got skill and tenacity. Not having a manager for such a long time has hampered them a little bit as well.

Campbell has vowed to work his socks off at Macclesfield

Campbell has vowed to work his socks off at Macclesfield

“For me we’ve got to get basics right, score right, cross right. The difference between the Premier League and League Two is just margins, decision-making and things like that.”

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