Sol lays bare his plans for Macc
NEW Macclesfield Town manager Sol Campbell is formulating short-term and long-term plans for success at the Moss Rose.
The club found itself in the national spotlight last week when it was announced Campbell had become the new boss of the Silkmen on an 18-month contract, the 44-year-old’s first job as a manager.
He stepped into the role after a near 20-year playing career which saw him win two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup.
The former England and Arsenal star insists his building work will take time – but accepts the club, bottom of League Two, needs instant results if they are to avoid dropping out of the Football League
“I think for us it’s all about building. That’s through training, games, the ups and downs, disci- pline and how you carry yourself, so for me it’s all about building,” he said.
“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.”
Campbell has been retired since 2011, but it has taken him seven years to get a managerial role. While that may be the case, he thinks this is the right job for him.
“For me this was the right place, right time, and the right club. There are fantastic people here from the tea lady to the owner, and I’m grateful for the opportunity here and I want to keep on working and working,” he said.
“If this scenario had popped up five years ago then, who knows - I might have looked at it a totally different way. But for now, where I am in life and wanting to get going, it was perfect for me.”
Campbell described himself as one of the best players of his generation and plans on now taking that into his management career.
“Macclesfield fans will probably say ‘what’s going on here?’ Well you’ve got an international footballer who has been one of the best footballers in the world coming to your club, I think there’s a nice mutual balance there,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get going. 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.”
Campbell arrives at a Macclesfield side that are bottom of the League Two table, four points from safety, and he is under no illusions of the task in front of him.
“It’s been an honour, 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.”
Action from Macclesfield’s victory against Hinckley at Priory Park in National 2 North at the weekend. See inside for match report