Sol Campbell is in talks to take over as manager at Oxford United, as he continues to search for a way into management.
The Daily Mail write that Campbell held preliminary talks with the League One club last week. They sacked Pep Clotet on the 22nd January, and Derek Fazackerley is currently in charge as a caretaker manager.
It’s not a big surprise that the former Gunner is jumping at the chance to get into management.
Back in May 2017, he admitted he would love to coach in Serie A, if given the opportunity.
Then last month he told talkSPORT he’d crawl back to Arsenal if they offered him a coaching role.
He said in that interview, and again in an appearance on Soccer AM, that he just wants to be managing and coaching.
Regardless of the stature of the club, he wants to be able to prove himself, and the only way to do that is if someone gives him a job.
Oxford United would provide a relatively safe first management job for the former defender.
They’re mid-table in League One, so there isn’t a massive danger of relegation.
At the same time, they’re only eight points off the play-off places, so there’s still potential for a promotion push.
We should know more about how talks are going before long, hopefully Campbell gets the job he’s after.