Ian Holloway: Sol Campbell stuck it out whereas Paul Scholes couldn’t deal with it

Ian Holloway by Ian Holloway / 20 August 2019, 08:49

I got turned down by Huddersfield Town years ago before I had any success with Blackpool.

I really like the club and I think they’ve done fantastically, but following on shortly after David Wagner is a nightmare because he performed a miracle. It was absolutely brilliant how he galvanised that group. I hope they do really well, it’s a wonderful part of the world but they wouldn’t want me because I predicted that they would get relegated and they got promoted! So I could never take that job.

Mark Hudson - Huddersfield’s caretaker manager - is someone I’d be looking at very closely to replace Jan Siewert. He had a great playing career and is a great leader, but what are Huddersfield’s expectations now?

They’ve had a taste of the Premier League, didn’t score too many goals last season, and haven’t had a good start back in the Championship. It’s a big ask, so it’s probably not a good time to be taking the job, but if he gets it then I wish Hudson all the best.

It wouldn’t be a shock to me if Sol Campbell became the new manager of either Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday. He was a wonderful player, an England and Arsenal legend, who now has experience of how tough it is as a manager.

Maybe he’s now earned his stripes and deserves the chance to manage in the Championship. I don’t think either club would go wrong if they gave him the job. He’s learnt an awful lot and done very well.

I feel much more comfortable now he has had a taste of management, and been successful. Campbell stuck it out whereas Paul Scholes at Oldham couldn’t deal with it.

Everything was going wrong there but I’m sure it was a similar situation at Macclesfield, but Campbell dealt with it, and it was a great learning curve. So why not give him a try in the Championship? What an opportunity that would be.

The only thing I would say is Campbell did talk himself up a few years ago, which was a dangerous thing to do. But by going to Macclesfield and to do what he’s done, everybody now would feel ‘well done son’. It’s alright talking a good game, but he’s actually gone and done one. He now realises how tough it all is and that everything isn’t all rose-tinted. You learn from toughness and he’s definitely shown he can handle it.

Whoever the clubs choose these managers are all very lucky to be able to work in the Championship, a league I know more about than any other division, so good luck to them!

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