Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Sol Nott Making The Right Decision

Sol Campbell has agreed to sign for League Two club Notts County, dropping down three divisions in the process.

The former England international, with 73 caps to his name, has Premiership and FA cup winners medals and also scored a goal in the 2006 Champions League final.

This season he will be playing at the likes of Accrington Stanley and Torquay. Quite a change in surroundings.

I don't mean any disrespect to League Two teams. As a Swansea fan I have memories of us fighting to avoid the drop from League Two in 2003. It is just the fact that Campbell could have played at a higher level. He had offers to play in the Premier League, but he has decided to play in League Two.

The only reason I can see Campbell wanting to drop down to the 4th tier of English football is for money. He may say it is for the ambition and history of the club. But if Notts County do achieve their highly ambitious 'five year plan' Campbell will be 39, an age usually considered too old to compete at the top level.

As for history, when Campbell retires I think the majority of his stories will be about winning the Premiership and FA cups, not about playing in League Two.

Most professional athletes wants to compete at the highest level that they can. To push themselves and compete with the best. This is the type of ambition that Campbell should be talking about, not his ambition to help Notts County gain promotion from League 2.