Sol Campbell set for surprise return to Newcastle

Sol Campbell will be in the dugout at St James's Park next week '“ with Macclesfield Town.
Sol Campbell.Sol Campbell.
Sol Campbell.

The former Newcastle United defender has been appointed as manager of the Foootball League's basement club.

And Macclesfield take on Newcastle's Under-21s at St James's Park on Tuesday, December 4 in a Checkatrade Trophy tie.

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"It is a great privilege for me to be here – I can't wait to get going," said Campbell.

"It's been a long time. Football is in my blood. I want to be a part of football again, and this is my first step into a managerial post."

Campbell made a handful of appearances for United in the 2010-11 season after joining as a free agent.

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The former England international left the club at the end of the season.

Campbell met his players for the first time yesterday. It is the 44-year-old's first managerial appointment.

Macclesfield are three points adrift at the bottom of the League Two table.