Sol Campbell in talks with Oxford United

by Jack Kitson / 09 February 2018, 13:01

Another day and yet another former footballer has been hotly linked with the Oxford United vacancy.

So far the likes of Frank Lampard, David Unsworth, Paul Ince and Craig Bellamy have all at some stage or another been in contention to replace the sacked Pep Clotet, and now it’s the turn of Sol Campbell who has reportedly held preliminary talks with the Yellows (The Metro).

Lampard and Unsworth are definitely out of the running, while a move for Ince now looks very unlikely. Bellamy remains the hot odds-on favourite for the job, but Campbell’s emergence at 6/1 certainly makes for interesting reading in a market which has now been open for nearly three weeks.

Like Bellamy, Campbell is currently bidding to bag his first job in the managerial arena, with only a spell as the assistant manager of Trinidad and Tobago on his CV.

The 43-year-old former Tottenham and Arsenal defender has frequently expressed his interest in entering the dugout - see quote from Sky Sports below - but despite a couple of interviews he’s not yet been able to find a position.

Meanwhile, back in 2015 he declared his interest in becoming the Mayor of London for the Conservatives, but in the end wasn't shortlisted for the position.

"I’m looking for a job in football, that’s what it’s all about. I want to manage.

"I understand it’s a difficult environment, even though I’ve got a top-notch CV, but I understand you’ve got to start from the bottom and work your way up.

"It’s all about working towards my goal. Yes, you’ve got to start all over again, but it’s all about building a new career and I’m willing to do that."

Oxford are currently 10th in League One, seven points off the play-offs. Under the eye of caretaker boss Derek Fazackerley the club carved out a 3-2 win over Charlton last weekend, and now the 4/1 shot for the permanent position will be bidding to register two wins out of two in the league when the U’s host Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

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