AFTER an illustrious career with 646 appearances for five different clubs between 1992 and 2011, 73 international caps with England including three World Cups and three European Championships, Sol Campbell is looking forward to his next challenge.
Since retiring in 2012, 43-year-old Campbell has been keeping busy with family, a business with his wife, his charity “Kids Go Live” and even dabbled in politics.
But Campbell, who was in Kuala Lumpur recently as a guest pundit for Astro SuperSport’s coverage of the English Premier League, says his focus right now is on moving his career forward as a coach.
After a stint as assistant coach with Trinidad and Tobago national squad at the start of this year until October in their failed bid to qualify for the World Cup, he is even more keen to move forward and is open to all options, even in Asia, if the infrastructure and a blueprint is set up well.
“I am a strategic kind of person. Being a defender, I also had to see everything – I had to do my job, had to be a captain. That’s the way my mind is wired.”
With his experience – being unbeaten with Arsenal in 2003/2004 as part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles and his captaincy with the Three Lions – Campbell has faith in his ability to lead but is admittedly frustrated over the lack of responses despite putting his name forward for a few positions.
“Nothing has come back so I’ll just keep on plugging away, putting my name up for jobs.
“There has been talk about an American job or something in there and if that ever happened, I’ll definitely go over and listen to what they’re saying.
“I just need a job that will give me the platform to show what I can do,” he said during an interview at TGV Cinemas in Sunway Velocity Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
“I’m used to the pressure and it’s not like I’ve not been through the fire. I’ve been through the fire, more than most,” he said.
In the meantime, Campbell hopes to do more work with FIFA as a technical staff, which could open up other avenues for international football.
When asked if he ever considered starting his own academy for youths, Campbell said, “People have approached me about starting an academy. It’s interesting but it is not something I really want to do now. Ultimately, I want to be able to coach and have a future as a manager.”
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