Former Newcastle United centre back Sol Campbell has admitted to talkSPORT that he was interviewed for the Sunderland job prior to Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover at the Stadium of Light.
The ex-Arsenal and England player moved into management after hanging up his boots back in 2011 and has since taken in spells with the likes of Macclesfield Town and Southend United in recent years.
Both of those spells amounted in very little success for the 46-year-old, however this hasn’t stopped him from looking to find another job.
Speaking recently, Campbell was quick to point out that he was actually interviewed for the Sunderland job prior to the takeover of the club being completed:
“I’ve applied for nine clubs and had one interview. That was with Sunderland.
“They’re a big club, even though I played for Newcastle, maybe that went against me – who knows?”
Campbell has been well publicised for his comments on there being a severe lack of opportunities within the game for BAME managers in present day.
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The manager also alluded to the fact that he is helping out at Queens Park Rangers whilst he searches for a new role, as he has a great love for being involved in the game.
I think the fact that Campbell played for Newcastle didn’t really come into Sunderland’s thinking when interviewing him for the job.
It’s clear that far more experienced candidates would have been gunning for the role and as a result of this, the 46-year-old was overlooked on that occasion.
I do agree that more needs to be done for BAME managers and coaches as there should be equal opportunities for everyone in football.
We need to see real change in order for this to happen and with the increased awareness that is being raised by the various campaigns against racism in football, we could well see that in the near future.