Macclesfield Town fans were given a first glimpse of their new manager this afternoon. Sitting down for the first of what may well be many entertaining press conferences, Sol Campbell certainly left a lasting impression.
Rarely concerning himself with self-effacement, the former Arsenal and England defender proudly stated the calibre of football man the League Two club had managed to recruit.
"You've got an international footballer who has been one of the best footballers in the world coming to your club," Campbell stated.
"I think there's a nice mutual balance there."
Although some may scorn the esteem in which Campbell ranks his own capabilities, the central-defender had an admittedly tremendous playing career.
Brought to Arsenal on a highly-contentious free transfer from their North London rivals Spurs in 2001, Sol Campbell would be instrumental in making Arsene Wenger's side one of the best English football had seen.
Internationally, Campbell represented England on 73 occasions; featuring (and often excelling) at a number of tournaments with the national team.
Thing is, modesty aside, Sol Campbell was in the team of the tournament at the 2002 World Cup and then again at the 2004 Euros. He actually was one of the best footballers in the world.
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) November 29, 2018
Nevertheless aware that some level of skepticism is to be expected regarding the novice manager, Campbell admitted; "Macclesfield fans will probably say, 'what's going on here?'"
However, the 44-year-old is clearly confident that he can manage the club out of a situation that currently sees them sitting rock-bottom of the football league.
And so the Sol Campbell era begins.
Wish @SolManOfficial all the best 🔵 pic.twitter.com/S9nhkXI6fX
— Ellie Thomason (@el_thomason) November 29, 2018