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Southend United – Sol Campbell
A legend in the playing side of the game, Sol Campbell has now turned his attention to management and takes on his second such challenge with League One Southend United. A solid centre back in his playing career, Campbell turned out for six clubs over a career which spanned nearly two decades. He began his career as a youth product with West Ham United, his local club. After just a year in their academy system, Campbell was recognised for the exceptional talent he was and was snapped up by Tottenham Hotspur. He continued in Spurs' academy for a further three years before graduating to the first team aged 17 in 1992. He made his professional senior debut that season and would go on to make 255 more league appearances and score ten goals. He was widely regarded as an icon for Spurs and it was this which made his switch of allegiances to bitter rivals Arsenal all the more painful for Spurs fans to endure.
He moved to the Gunners in 2001 and was an instant success. He won his second trophy - after the 1998-99 League Cup success with Spurs - in his first season under Arsene Wenger as Arsenal won the Premier League for the second time in three years. They triumphed in the FA Cup too. They went trophiless the follow season but returned to winning way when the won the Premier League once more in 2003-04, a season which is particularly noteworthy for the fact that Arsenal didn't lose a single match throughout the campaign. They won the FA Cup the next year too before losing in the Champions League Final to Barcelona in the following campaign with Sol Campbell scoring his side's only goal as they lost 2-1 in Paris.
By this time, Campbell has cemented himself firmly in the England international setup and was one of England's three truly world-class centre-halves, the other two begin John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. He was part of the side which impressed at Euro 2004 and also the so-called 'golden generation' which failed at the World Cup in 2006.
After leaving Arsenal he enjoyed three excellent seasons with Portsmouth where he helped Harry Redknapp's side get into Europe and win the FA Cup in the 2007-08 season. He then made a shock move to Notts County where he made just one appearance before signing for Arsenal once more in a bit-part role. He then had one final season with Newcastle United before hanging up his boots.
In management, Sol Campbell was given the unenviable task of trying to rescue Macclesfield Town from relegation from League Two. He achieved this feat but left the club soon after and has since been involved in a legal dispute with their hierarchy regarding unpaid wages.