Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Sol Campbell: The One Game Wonder

After making just one appearance for Notts County, Sol Campbell has left the club by mutual consent.

I thought Campbell was making a bad choice by joining the League Two outfit, but I didn't see the move failing so quickly. I thought he would stay at Notts County until the end of his career (whenever that will be), promotions or not.

The reasons for his exit are not yet clear. The executive chairman of Notts County suggests that Sol "could not adjust to the long-term nature of the project under way at Notts County ", which seems odd considering Campbell talked about 'the five year plan' when he was unveiled after signing a four-year contract.

Others believe that after playing his first, and only, game for Notts County, a 2-1 defeat to Morecambe, that the reality of life in League Two set in and Campbell left to play at a higher level. This seems very possible as the money being waved at him from Notts County, a rumoured £40,000 a week, would have been very tempting.

However leaving now, after the transfer window has closed, makes it very unlikely that Campbell will be able to join another club until January. In that time he will probably lose any match fitness he gained whilst at Notts County.

If Campbell does decide to continue a career in football, his task of finding a new club may be harder than it sounds. He has only played one competitive game recently and clubs will be wary of his age and some may fear that he could walk away again.

I feel for Notts County fans as the excitement around the club when Campbell signed was massive. But sometimes I guess things can be too good to be true.