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Sol Campbell claims he’s ‘one of the greatest minds in football’ after being snubbed for Oxford job 

The former defender didn't take too kindly to being rejected by the League One side

Let’s face it, none of us take too kindly to rejection, do we?

Whether it’s a date or a first job, hearing ‘thanks but no thanks’ is never particularly welcomed.

And the same goes for Sol Campbell, who told the Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels that he went for the vacant managerial position at Oxford United recently, only to be turned down due to his lack of experience.

It seems the League One strugglers are opting for Craig Bellamy instead, who has been coaching at Cardiff City.


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The former Arsenal defender is not happy

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The former Arsenal defender is not happy

We’ve all been there Sol. However, we didn’t quite react like this.

In a fairly frank response, the former England defender said: “I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn’t accept me.

“Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle.

“Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.

“I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking ‘what am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.”

Hmm, I think we’ve all used the whole ‘how can I get experience if nobody will hire me’ line before.

Bellamy got the job instead

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Bellamy got the job instead

The ex-Spurs and Arsenal centre-back also claimed that his formidable intellect might have been the reasoning behind Oxford’s decision.

He said: “I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level.


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“If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.

“I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.”

He’s not happy, is he?