Sol lays bare his plans for Macc

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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.”

Rob Hock­ney

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s vic­tory against Hinck­ley at Pri­ory Park in Na­tional 2 North at the week­end. See in­side for match re­port

Peter Hilton Photography

Sol Camp­bell

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