Wednesday 5th December 2018

Tom Hardy – UCFB Sports Business & Media student 2018

Sol Campbell’s first game as manager of Macclesfield Town ended in defeat as his side were defeated on penalties by Newcastle Under-21’s after a 1-1 draw in the Checkatrade trophy on Tuesday night.

Macclesfield’s proud tradition of never losing a penalty shoot-out in their 144 year history was broken. This all changed with the 5-3 penalty loss in Campbell’s first foray into management.

The former Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle defender was unable to get off to the perfect side against the team he finished his career with in 2012.

Since then Campbell has expressed his interest in a number of jobs and recently told BBC Sport that he had applied to at least 12-15 jobs before landing his first role at Macclesfield last month.

Campbell had previously campaigned for an increase in more black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) managers and repeatedly blamed his race for not getting opportunities prior to receiving the role at the League Two club. His appointment now increases the number of BAME in England’s top four divisions to eight, although Campbell’s lack of appointment up to now could perhaps be leant towards various acts of strange behaviour from the former centre-back.

The former England international, who was capped 73 times for his country, didn’t hold back when he was announced as the Macclesfield boss reassuring their fans they’ve “got an international footballer who has been one of the best footballers in the world coming to your club”.

He would certainly be considered one of the managers of the season throughout the Football League if he manages to avoid the drop with Macclesfield, who have only won three league games so far this season.

After defeat to Newcastle, his attention now turns to Colchester on Saturday as the Silkmen look to climb off the bottom of the League Two table.