Sol Campbell praises Tottenham pair who ‘loved football’

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Dom Le Roy

There is probably no other player who generates as much fierce hatred among the Spurs fan base as their former defender Sol Campbell, who left the club to join their North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer back in the summer of 2001.

Now the 44-year-old is trying his hand at management, after taking over at League Two Macclesfield Town in the November of last year.

The former England defender is actually making a decent fist of his first managerial job as Macclesfield now have a chance of staying up if they register a draw or a win in their final game of the season, after looking completely down and out when Campbell took over a few months ago.

The defender, who came through the academy at Tottenham, has praised some of the managers he had during his time at White Hary Lane and has said that he learned a lot of important things about management from them.

Campbell told ESPN, “I learned from Steve Perryman and Ozzie (sp) Ardiles when I was at Tottenham. They loved football and had a really good way about it.

“You have to be switched on and focussed yet you need banter and characters. I’m from an era that I need characters.”

He also praised Arsene Wenger along with George Graham, who managed him for almost three seasons at Spurs.

Campbell added: “I learned a lot from Arsene Wenger, especially his tactical systems and how to plan things game to game, week to week and month to month.

“I learned a lot of good and bad from George Graham, too. He was stubborn at times and you have to be stubborn sometimes. You have to be single-minded and yet flexible.”

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While there is certainly no love lost between Campbell and the Spurs fan base, there will be sections of the lilywhite faithful who would love nothing more than to see him suffer relegation.

If he proves a success during his time there, he could be a trailblazer as a black manager who gets an opportunity to manage at the top level.

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