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Split Decision: The Sol Campbell Departure

September 24, 2009
Portsmouth's Sol Campbell wearing a respect armband

Following yesterday’s news of Sol Campbell’s departure from Notts County, it seems there is something of a split opinion regarding the reasoning of the 35-year-old’s sudden walk-out.

When the news broke yesterday, there seemed to be little or no reasoning behind it, with both the club and Campbell’s agent keeping tight-lipped and entirely political about the whole thing, which has thus prompted The Mirror and The Independent to generate reasons (perhaps of their own).

The Mirror claims Campbell left the League Two club because he had a nightmare debut, or in the words of the James Nursey it was because he “hated his Notts County debut at Morecombe so much.” However, Sam Wallace and Nick Harris over at The Independent claim “Sol Campbell walked out on Notts County because he did not believe that the promised investment from the club’s secretive owners Munto Finance would ever materialise.” Something of a split opinion, I’m sure you’ll agree, but they go on to state that “Campbell came to believe that Munto’s money was being channelled into their newly acquired Formula One team BMW Sauber rather than Notts County. Having been told by the director of football, Sven Goran Eriksson, that his ambition to become a coach and a manager could be fulfilled at the club, currently in England’s fourth tier, Campbell quickly lost faith in the project.”

A bizarre turn of events all around, I feel.  One month into his five-year deal at the club and Campbell quits because promises were not fulfilled? I’m not sure I buy this as is, but I suspect there’s a whole lot more to this than what has currently been made public.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. maserati4200 permalink
    September 24, 2009 5:37 pm

    I’m concerned for Sol.

    I don’t think this decision is football or money related.

    I’m probably wrong but, I have a feeling there’s a more personal aspect to it.

  2. George permalink
    September 24, 2009 8:35 pm

    He’s mentally fragile. Simples.

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