Undoubtedly a brilliant player in his day, Campbell proved himself to be a world class central defender in the Arsenal side which became ‘Invincible’ in the 2003/2004 season, and also scored in the 2006 Champions League final.
Campbell also won 73 caps for England across an 11-year international playing career, but whilst his performances on the pitch were hard to argue with, his comments and opinions off it since retiring have been slightly less desirable.
And his latest comments on the Oxford United job really take the biscuit.
It looks like Campbell is about to be overlooked in his bid to become to the League One club’s new manager, in favour of Craig Bellamy, and he’s really not happy about it.
Speaking via Sky Sports, he 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.
“I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. 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’.”
“Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.”
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of confidence, but perhaps it’s comments like these which make Campbell slightly unattractive to prospective employers in the football league.
But what do you think of his comments? Does he have a point at all?