Sol Campbell says leading Macclesfield Town to League Two safety is up there with the best things he’s achieved in football, after his club confirmed their survival on Saturday.
Macclesfield were bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety when Campbell took over in late November, but he’s really managed to turn things around since then. His side have seven wins, 10 draws and eight defeats under his guidance, an impressive record given their starting point.
They went into the final day of the season knowing a draw would almost certainly be enough to keep them up, thanks to goal difference. However, they went behind late in the first half. Thankfully, a Sol Campbell team talk had them back in the game after the break, as they scored an equaliser to end the match 1-1.
Campbell wasn’t keen to downplay the achievement after the game, marking it as one of his greatest achievements in the game.
“It’s definitely up there with the things I’ve achieved in football,” Campbell said. “This is my first management job, and we were so many points adrift when I took it, and we’ve moved the guys on. We had a mountain to climb. There have been frustrating scenarios off the field but the lads have dug in. I’m proud of them.
“I just want to start again next season, and have a budget. There was no budget when I got here. I had to beg, borrow and steal. And I’ve learned a lot.”
It’s good to see another former invincible making his name in management. Patrick Vieira has OGC Nice in seventh place and fighting for a place in European competition, whilst Freddie Ljungberg has led the Arsenal u23s to a second-place finish in his first season in charge.
Thierry Henry lost his job with Monaco, but he’s already being linked with a return to management. Let’s hope all the former Gunners have successful campaigns in 2019/20.