The Sol Campbell era at Macclesfield Town has started.
Campbell’s playing career was extraordinary. The centre-half asserted himself as one of English football’s greats winning multiple titles and trophies in the process of doing so.
However, with the Silkmen, his new journey into management will begin and he says that he’s raring to go.
“I can’t wait to get going.” Said Campbell in his first interview with the club.
“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."
Tuesday proved to be a busy day for our new man in charge. Appointed as manager at the Moss Rose before he travelled the length of the country the very same day to watch Macc beat Exeter.
The 442-mile round journey is a gruelling and time-consuming one, but Sol says that he’ll continue to sacrifice all his hours for the benefit of Macclesfield Town.
“It’s been an honour [to be named manager], 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.
“I think for us it’s all about building. That’s through training, games, the ups and downs, discipline and how you carry yourself, so for me it’s all about building.
“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.”
A League Cup winner and three-time FA Cup winner in his playing days, Campbell was no stranger to a cup final and he’s trying to pass that mentality onto the Silkmen squad for the rest of this season.
“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.”
By Andrew Gate