Sol Campbell: Macclesfield Town boss urges club to spend their budget in the ‘correct way’ following League Two survival

5 May

Macclesfield boss Sol Campbell has urged the club to spend their budget wisely following their narrow escape from being relegated out of the Football League.

Campbell’s men beat Notts County in the battle to stay in League Two following Macclesfield’s draw at home to Cambridge and County’s defeat at Swindon.

Sol Campbell helped steer Macclesfield to safety

This is a tremendous achievement for the Silkmen, who were seven points adrift of safety when Campbell was appointed manager in November.

It’s also a tremendous feat for the former Arsenal and England defender on his first managerial post.

He was linked to Grimsby and Oxford United in previous years but failed to land the jobs, however, this is now a vindication over any Campbell doubters.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Dom McGuinness after Macclesfield’s survival was confirmed, Campbell said: “I’m very pleased with myself because I don’t think anyone wanted to take the job!

2. Sol Campbell (Tottenham to Arsenal in 2001)
The former Arsenal man struggled to get a managerial post before joining Macclesfield

“I just felt I didn’t want to be hanging around on the sidelines for the next six months so I took it and put everything into it – my heart, my soul, my spirit, everything and I committed to it.

“That’s what you’ve got to do in football – commit. Completely commit to the cause and see where you end up.

“I don’t think it’s glamorous! It’s a nice area to live in but I don’t think it’s glamorous!

“I might have got some more grey hairs but I love everything about football. It keeps me alive and on my toes. I don’t want to be on my toes all the time but it keeps me alive!”

There is a lot of work for Macclesfield to do following their narrow escape and Campbell insisted the club needs to spend their transfer budget wisely this summer.

Asked about what assurances there are at the club, Campbell said: “None! I just have to make do! You’ve got to make do.

“The thing is every year is a new budget and as long as the budget is spent in the correct way, then I think we’ll be ok. That’s the thing really.

“I don’t know what happened last year with the budget but there’s a certain amount of money that comes into it and it just has to be apportioned in the correct way and utilised in the right way and spent accordingly really.

“Every season there’s a new budget so I hope that I can look into that and go from there. It comes down to budget really.

“If you’ve got a healthy budget and divvied out in the right areas ten that’s key.”

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder: AJ claims there is potential for December fight, Tyson Fury bout could happen sooner

25 Feb

Anthony Joshua has told talkSPORT a fight with Deontay Wilder in December is possible.

IBF, WBA and WBO belt holder Joshua wants to become undisputed heavyweight champion and Wilder is the final obstacle to achieving this, as he holds the WBC belt.

Joshua holds three of the four major heavyweight world titles

AJ’s plans have been scuppered by the WBC ordering a rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury following their controversial draw last December.

Fury signed a new deal with US broadcaster ESPN last week and that seemingly put any future bouts between the trio in jeopardy, however, Joshua is optimistic of fights in the future happening.

And Joshua said there will be a window of opportunity to arrange a December fight with Wilder and also claimed a fight against British boxer Fury could happen sooner.

Joshua is desperate to fight Wilder and Fury and has ambitions to fight one of them before the end of 2019

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Dom McGuinness at the Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller press conference in London, AJ said: “In terms of becoming undisputed [heavyweight champion of the world] it’s hard because I’ve got until June 1st and I need to focus on that.

“Let’s say we have a crystal ball and I beat Miller up, we could have that fight [Wilder] in December if we can put whatever issues there are to bed.

“But in terms of Fury, I think that could happen sooner, he’s a UK-based fighter isn’t he? I feel like that should be easier because the fight would be in the UK.

“It would be easier to work with a broadcaster in the UK and you’ve seen we have the best fight fans in the world and the biggest sporting event in the world.”

Joshua is next in action against ‘Big Baby’ Miller in New York on June 1st.

Anthony Joshua will make his US debut against Jarrell Miller

And although he was keen to stress he’s concentrating on his next fight in Madison Square Garden, Joshua went onto say that there have been strides made in negotiations with Wilder’s camp despite deadlock in previous talks.

“Even though it’s New York MSG, there’s not 90,000 people there so I feel everything is based around the UK market. How close are we with Wilder? It shouldn’t be an issue.

“Of everything we know and the mistakes and the positives we made to get to this point where at least we’re talking and with Fury it’s the same thing, fight in the UK.

“It’s quite straightforward, we’ve made them offers and it’s up to them to say ‘no, this is what we don’t like and this is what we expect’ and then we say ‘ok, we can afford to put that forward and we can afford to let the broadcasters air it out and move it forward.

“I’m scheduled to fight June 1st, Wilder and Fury are negotiating and for whoever comes out on top, we’ve got another date set in December.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggests injury crisis to Manchester United prevented Reds from winning at Old Trafford

24 Feb

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed Manchester United’s injury crisis actually had a negative effect on his players.

The two teams played a fairly uneventful goalless draw at Old Trafford and although Klopp’s men dominated possession they failed to create any clear-cut chances against their rivals.

Klopp hinted Liverpool’s failure to win was a missed opportunity

It means Liverpool are top of the Premier League by a point but the result will be viewed by many as a missed opportunity as United had to make all three substitutes before half-time.

Liverpool had their own injury problems with Roberto Firmino coming off with an ankle injury but United had an injury crisis in the game.

Ander Herrera and Juan Mata went off in quick succession midway through the first-half before Jesse Lingard, who came on as a sub picked up an injury of his own just before half-time.

Klopp suggested United’s injuries disrupted the game at a point where Liverpool were on top

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men fought bravely to earn a point and preserve the interim boss’ unbeaten record in the league since he took charge in December.

But Klopp suggested that the injuries to the United players affected Liverpool’s rhythm for the worse.

He told talkSPORT after the game: “We started exactly like we wanted, it was really direct, in behind and we put them under a lot of pressure.

“Then the injury crisis started and they had a strange day. Unfortunately that made us lose rhythm even though it shouldn’t and we couldn’t really get it back until the end.”

However, the Liverpool boss then admitted he feels United were there for the taking.

Klopp added: “I’m not overly happy. It was a very strange game.

“We had to be careful of their counter-attacks and set pieces. They were really dangerous and now it’s a point. A point at United away is obviously completely ok but the only problem is that today I think we really could have beaten them but we didn’t so that’s how it is.

“We go again but it helps that we are really self-critical and we have to play better. We will try to do this on Wednesday [against Watford].

Klopp got very irate at points at his players’ lack of composure during the match

“Hopefully Bobby’s [Firmino] injury isn’t too serious but we all need to click. If you want to be champions at the end of the season you have to click constantly and today we didn’t click really but it’s still a point at United and that’s fine.

“I think a lot of people expected us to lose but we didn’t and now let’s play the rest of the season.”

Too early to talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for full-time Manchester United job, says club legend Paul Scholes

23 Jan

It is too early to say whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given the Manchester United job on a permanent basis, says club legend Paul Scholes.

The interim manager has won his first seven games since replacing Jose Mourinho last month. The Red Devils are now just three points off a Champions League place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is loving life back at Manchester United

Solskjaer is under consideration to be appointed full-time at the end of the season along with Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino and England boss Gareth Southgate.

Scholes, who made 718 appearances for United, says his former team-mate has brought back the feel-good factor to Old Trafford.

He told talkSPORT’s Dom McGuiness: “It’s been brilliant. To be honest with you, I was a little bit surprised when he got appointed, but you see what a good decision it’s been.

Paul Scholes has been impressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United reign so far

“He’s put smiles on faces, he gives players a little bit of love.

“He can be nasty when he needs to be but seven wins out of seven, the feel-good factor is back at the club, fans actually want to go to watch the games.

“They’re playing an attacking style of football and long may it continue.”

Some Red Devils fans are desperate for Solskjaer, who is set to return to Norwegian club Molde this summer, to stay on.

When asked if he deserves to be named the next permanent United manager, Scholes said: “I think it’s too early to say that.

“He’s done great, winning seven from seven, you can’t complain, the football has been fantastic to watch.

“I think we’ll get to the end of the season and reassess where we’re at. But he can’t be doing himself any harm at the minute.”