Sol Campbell, who retired in 2012, has been largely absent from football over the past four years and pursued a career in politics, running for the Conservative Party nomination at the 2016 election for Mayor of London but failing to make the shortlist of four.
The 42-year-old won two league titles, three FA Cups and a League Cup during his career as well as earning 73 England caps. However Campbell believes he may have no choice but to manage abroad.
“I am in active negotiations and we will see how things pan out over the next two or three weeks,” Campbell told The Times. “I am waiting for someone to come back to me. I will have to see the proposal. I am probably recognised more in Europe than my own country. Players and managers understand and appreciate me more.”
Campbell has studied for his Uefa A coaching licence and worked at former club Arsenal as a youth coach, mentoring Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin, in 2013. Last year Campbell expressed his interest in taking over at Aston Villa following Paul Lambert’s departure and he hopes to be given an opportunity in the English game shortly.
“I have a five or six-year plan and eventually I will get a top club,” Campbell added. “Everyone has their own destiny. Mine is to lead a top team in Europe and then, who knows, England. I am ready for it, for all the challenges. I was like that as a player; head down, committed. Managers have to have that in their locker – humility, the psychological side, the fitness side, knowing when to put the arm around a player or to kick them up the behind; the brains, the patience, I have the fire in my belly.