Former Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell has spoken to the Macclesfield Town club website for the first time since his appointment as manager at Moss Rose.

The former Premier League defender has been trying to get into management for some time now, and has finally got his break into professional management with Macclesfield Town.

Sol Campbell – who believes he has “one of football’s great minds” – will not have it easy in his first managerial job, however. Macclesfield currently sit at the bottom of the football league ladder, four points adrift of 22nd place Cheltenham Town.

Despite this, there are signs of encouragement for The Silkmen. Since the sacking of Mark Yates on October 8th, caretaker managers Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth have won three League Two matches, something Yates couldn’t manage in two months.

With the task ahead waiting, Sol Campbell is looking forward to getting going at Moss Rose.

“It’s a great privilege for me to be here. Football is in my blood and I want to be a part of football again and this is my first step into a managerial post and I can’t wait to get going.

“I see potential, I see growth and I see people fighting to do the right things. I’ve just got here, and all the people are very friendly, the club have a great history but for me being part of football again is what it’s all about and I’m raring to go and ready for the challenge and that’s what I’m all about.”

“It’s been an honour [to be named manager], the whole process has been well documented, but I’m pleased to be here, and I’ll work all hours and minutes because this is a great club and I want to do the best for this club and that’s the kind of guy I am.

“I think for us it’s all about building. That’s through training, games, the ups and downs, discipline and how you carry yourself, so for me it’s all about building.

“It takes time to come together but we haven’t got that much time so hopefully we can speed it along and hopefully the players can respond to how I want to our football to be played.

“We’ve also got to recognise what type of league we’re in, sometimes that means being strong and sometimes endearing but it’s all about finding the right balance.

“I want football, I think we can play football and really control games and then at the right moments have a bit of magic in the last third.

“For me it’s all about being solid but in the last third I want players to be daring and try things, I want crosses I want people looking for second balls and in the last third I want the skill and the magic coming out.”

“Every game is like a cup final and that’s what I want from our mentality on the pitch.

“I want them to enjoy themselves as well and work hard, but every game now is a cup final for us.”


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