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Sol Campbell: Macclesfield manager talks job applications & training plans
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Sol Campbell: Macclesfield manager talks job applications & training plans

Watch: new manager Sol Campbell’s message for Macclesfield fans

Sol Campbell travelled abroad so much in search of his first managerial position that he “should be an ambassador for British Airways” – and yet he ended up in the small Cheshire market town of Macclesfield.

Campbell submitted “at least 12-15 applications” as he sought that first role, he told BBC Sport. He travelled far and wide seeking every nugget of information he could so that when the opportunity arose, he was ready.

He watched as his former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard took over the reins at Rangers and Derby respectively, left wondering if it was ever going to happen for him.

At last it has. The two-time Premier League winner, who declared himself “one of the best players in the world”, is in charge of the Silkmen – the club at the very bottom of the football league.

Culture shock?

“No. I played at Portsmouth – that’s an interesting place to play too, fantastic fans,” the 44-year-old said.

Campbell, who controversially moved from Tottenham to North London rivals Arsenal in 2001, retired from playing in 2012 with a move into coaching his planned next step.

He spent time honing his skills on the other side of the touchline – his meticulous attention to detail apparent in his preparations for his next role.

“I’ve gone to football abroad and at home, for two, three, four, five-day stints, watching training sessions, watching how managers take training into games,” he said.

“I’ve been up and down on trains, planes – I should be an ambassador for British Airways with all the miles I have clocked up.

“I’ve done lots of detailed training plans, I’ve taken my pictures, I’ve been around and I’ve asked questions as well, I’ve done a lot of stuff off my own back, quietly going about my business.”

In the seven years since his retirement, Campbell has been assistant manager