Having already lured Kasper Schmeichel, and former West Brom striker Lee Hughes to League Two, Sven has gone an done it again. This time he has persuaded former England international Sol Campbell to join the revolution at Notts County.
The 34 year-0ld who had been out of contract since his summer departure at Portsmouth, joins the Magpies on a free transfer. The former Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back has signed a five-year contract – worth around £40,000 a week, which in turn will see him earn up to £10million over the next five years. It remains to be seen whether Campbell will keep playing for five years, reports suggest he will play on for three more years, and then remain on in a coaching role.
Campbell turned his back on another chance with a club in the Premier League in favour for a club three divisions below. Why did he do that? Well, he wants to be part of this ‘future ambition’ just like Sven he is here for the challenge.
‘I am here for the future,’ he stated at yesterdays press conference.
‘They’ve got great ambition and I want to be part of it.’
‘I am delighted to sign with Notts County and I am genuinely excited by what the club is trying to achieve.’
Campbell who has been capped by England 73 times move to County is another part of the jigsaw for manager Ian McParland’s team, with Sven taking the ultimate credit for his capture. Come May next year if and when the Magpies gain promotion to League One the forgotten man will be McParland with Sven recieving all the plaudits.
Speaking at yesterday’s unveiling McParland said – ‘Sol’s got 73 England caps – I won’t hold that against him – and I hope he will intimidate people coming here. I expect him to sort them out, not the other way round.
Last week against Chesterfield they wanted our scalps. It’s going to be tough for us. But there were clubs in our league that spent more than we have this year. As for Sol, Sven asked me whether I’d take him. I’d have been an idiot to say no.’
Just like Eriksson’s move to League Two, Campbell’s move has also raised eyebrows. His former manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger has reservations about the move saying ‘time will tell’ along with former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, now at Tottenham. Redknapp said he would have taken Campbell had he been manager at any other club than Tottenham, the club Campbell left in 2001 to join London rivals Arsenal.
The Magpies have now sealed two top class players in Schmichel and Campbell. Schmichel who arrived at Meadow Lane two weeks ago and made his debut at the weekend, in a 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. That leaves County top of League two after four game with nine points gained.
I think it’s great what the club are trying to achieve under new investors Munto Finance Ltd, and with Sven’s influence as Director of Football, they can now attract players that they could once only dream of signing. The future is bright for Notts County, we now know Sven is serious about this project. This certainly isn’t the last we have heard from them this season.
Watch this space.