You’ll love this woeful attempt at excuse making!
Sol Campbell has revealed the reasons behind his decision to quit Notts County just one game into a five-year contract.
The experienced centre-half stunned the football world this summer when he opted to move to Meadow Lane as a free agent.
However, having initially struggled for fitness, he dramatically walked out on the Magpies last week after making just one first-team appearance – in a 2-1 defeat against Morecambe.
Campbell had lasted just 29 days on the banks of the River Trent, making a mockery of the big-money contract he penned upon his arrival.
The England international claims he had to leave in order to keep his World Cup ambitions alive, but his decision has been widely condemned by the football fraternity.
The 35-year-old claims he never set out to court controversy, and insists he took the decision to quit County after several promises made to him when he joined were broken by the club’s new owners.
Campbell told the News of the World: “I knew I would be the club’s first big signing but was told I would be the first of many.
“Names like Roberto Carlos and Benjani were mentioned. But nothing materialised.
“And you know when people have money because things happen quickly.
“The only thing I’m guilty of is taking people at their word.” (Sky Sports)
Now that is funny. The reason he has left Notts County in the lurch less than a month after signing a five year deal is…wait for it…because the club didn’t sign World Cup Winner Roberto Carlos. The former Real Madrid man has not only won just about every major honour on planet earth, he is also currently plying his trade at Fenerbahce, who sit atop of the Turkish league with seven wins from seven and are also playing in the Europa League.
Frankly if Sol Campbell genuinely believed the three time Champions League winner was going to make the move to Meadow Lane then he needs his head examined…twice!
If he wanted to come up with a convincing reason for bailing out on the League Two club then this was not it. He could have stated, with more chance of anyone believing him, that he was considering becoming the first professional footballer to walk on the moon or even just admitted it was a mistake to make the move in the first place. It seems quite likely that he may have heard of a better offer, perhaps even one back in the Premier League, Hull City have been mentioned by some reports, anything else other than the “Roberto Carlos” defence would have sufficed.
Note to Phil Brown or any other potential new boss, do not tell Mr. Campbell that you have managed to convince Pele to come out of retirement!