Sol Campbell explains why Arsenal legend Sylvain Wiltord would be the ultimate nightmare player to manage

6 Feb

Sol Campbell has admitted one of his former Arsenal team-mates would have been a nightmare to manage in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

After landing his first job in management this season, the former defender revealed which of his old Arsenal and Tottenham team-mates would have been a dream to coach… and which wouldn’t.

Campbell was appointed manager of League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town in November, and has guided his side off the foot of the League Two table with four wins from his opening 11 matches.

He sat down for an exclusive chat with talkSPORT on Wednesday, and revealed which Arsenal and Tottenham legends he would love to have managed.

Sol Campbell has taken on his first managerial job

But there was a certain Arsenal ‘Invincible’ he admitted would have had him pulling his hair out… which is quite a feat.

Asked what former team-mates would have been a pleasure to coach, he said: “David Seaman, Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Robert Pires – they’re amazing guys.


Sol Campbell on talkSPORT:


“Even from my Tottenham days, people like Jurgen Klinsmann, like Gary Mabbutt – he was a proper professional, you know he’s not going to muck around, he’s going to do everything in his power to do a proper job.

“When you start getting to know the mentality of the players, that’s when you can truly trust them.”

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And asked what players would have been the ‘ultimate nightmare’, he named just one…

Campbell said: “It’s interesting for me, because you’ve got someone like Sylvain Wiltord who was incredible for France, but sometimes you could pull your hair out with him [with Arsenal].

“But he just scored so many important goals.”

Wiltord was voted 33rd in an official list of the 50 greatest Arsenal players of all time

He’s not wrong. French star Wiltord scored the winning goal in a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester United which handed Arsenal the Premier League title at Old Trafford in 2002.

He spent four years with the Gunners, scoring 49 goals in 175 appearances.

“It’s those kind of guys, who make your blood pressure go up and down all the time, but then they turn up and score really important goals.”

Listen back to Sol Campbell on talkSPORT above