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Sol Campbell to star in new documentary on his life and desire to be a top boss


Sol Campbell is one of football’s most under appreciated big names.

But the former England defender will now be the subject of a groundbreaking new documentary on his life, career and burning desire to be a top manager.

talkSPORT are doing an in-depth show on the 46-year-old to reveal there is a lot more than meets the eye with the ex-Arsenal centre half who has had brief spells in charge at Macclesfield and Southend.

At his peak, Campbell was one of the best defenders in the world, part of the Arsenal Invincibles team and the job he did to keep Macclesfield up in 2019 was nothing short of miraculous.

But there still seems to be a lack of understanding and appreciation for one of English football’s biggest names. While his former England team mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard got Chelsea and Rangers, Campbell’s next job was Southend.



Sol Campbell is one of football’s most under appreciated big names



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This three-part documentary will spend quality time with Campbell to get the full picture, it will be a multi platform show for radio, You Tube and clips on social media and Campbell will be the first in a revolutionary new series.

talkSPORT have done some absolutely outstanding documentaries in recent times like After The Lights Go Out which looks at how footballers and other sports stars cope after their careers finish or Fight Of My Life which was a brilliant boxing series.

It is no wonder they can attract big names like Campbell with such interesting and diverse programming.

One thing which has remained the same on the station though is Max Rushden acting as a regular stand-in. He must have worked as cover on every single show in December but has been excellent and entertaining each time.

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Manchester United starlet Brandon Williams deserves huge credit for making a sizeable donation to help feed homeless families on Christmas Day.

Williams paid for the homeless charity Coffee 4 Craig to provide meals and also staff wages for a drop-in centre for people across Manchester.



Brandon Williams made a sizeable donation to help feed homeless families

Additional meals were also sent out to people in temporary accommodation and in “Covid hotels” for those who were also struggling to afford a Christmas meal.

What a remarkable gesture from the 20-year-old as another of his generation shows that footballers have used their platform in an inspirational manner to help during the pandemic.

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Amazon are sending out coronavirus test kits to all of their commentators and pundits before games.

A couple of experts were even pulled from games to be on the safe side even though the tests were not conclusive.

The broadcaster has been a huge success with Premier League games not least because of its stellar line-up but it has also resulted in what industry insiders say has been a huge upturn in subscriptions. Their interest in rights will only grow.

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Mikel Arteta has turned around fortunes at Arsenal with two wins in four days.

The biggest problem for the Gunners boss has been a difficult dressing room because there are big earners and personalities who are not even in the squad.



Mikel Arteta is under pressure at Arsenal

This column has been told at one team meeting one of the disaffected players even challenged Arteta in front of other players as to why some stars have been treated differently which underlines the tensions at the Emirates.

That might not disappear until some unhappy players leave in the summer.

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The arrival of Dr Andreas Schlumberger – Head Of Recovery And Performance – at Liverpool was three years in the making and his importance should not be underestimated.

Jurgen Klopp tried to bring him in three years ago but he opted to join Bayern Munich and the German FA. Schlumberger was at Borussia Dortmund with Klopp for four years.



Jurgen Klopp and Dr Andreas Schlumberger at Dortmund

Managerial comings and goings are always difficult for backroom staff. Head of fitness Steve Haines left Derby after 13 years after Philip Cocu’s departure while three went after Slaven Bilic left West Brom and it is all change at Sheffield Wednesday.

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The Football Forum (TFF), an association of players and agents that includes Mino Raiola and Jorge Medes, has spoken out against new salary caps being imposed in China.

A spokesperson for The Football Forum said: “At a point when the Chinese Super League was beginning to compete and become one of leading and most exciting leagues outside of Europe, the CFA is now imposing stringent salary caps that will immediately reverse all of the growth the league has seen.”

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