St James’ return for gaffer’s first tie
SOL Campbell was excited to be going up against one of his former clubs as he prepared for his first match as Macclesfield Town boss.
The Silkmen were due to take on Newcastle Under 21s in round two of the Checkatrade Trophy at St James’ Park as the Express went to print.
Campbell spent a season at Newcastle from 2010 to 2011, and the 44-year-old was hoping to make a positive start to life as Macclesfield boss.
Speaking ahead of the game, Campbell said: “I am looking forward to it. Some of the players have not played, some of them are just coming back from injury. It’s a nice mixture and it’s a good thing for me to see what I have got.
“For me it is about getting their confidence up, having a clear and concise way of playing. Also to give everyone a chance – that was one of the main things I said in the meeting.
“It’s a clean slate and everyone can start again. That’s the best way I think to conduct it or at least start to conduct my way around the club.
“I had a few games at Newcastle and tried my best and won a few games - it was quite nice. It’s always good to play at St James’ Park.
“It is a fantastic stadium. I don’t think there will be 52,000 there but hopefully a few people will watch the game.”