Sol Campbell could be set for a remarkable u-turn after Notts County admitted that they will not stand in his way if he decides to leave the club.
Campbell has made just one appearance for the Magpies since joining on a free transfer at the end of August. After three weeks of working on his fitness, the former England international made his debut on Saturday, as his new team followed the football betting odds and went down 2-1 to Morecambe. However he now looks set to leave the club and according to reports has already said goodbye to his team-mates.
The news will come as another blow to County, who currently sit in eighth position in the League Two table after a run of three successive away defeats. They had hoped that Campbell would be at the club for the foreseeable future, having signed him on a five year contract worth around £40,000 a week. With former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson also at the club, the move seemed to be positive for all parties.
Indeed at the time, Campbell was full of optimism. Upon his arrival at Meadow Lane he said: “This club has got great ambition and I want to be a part of it,
“Sven played a big role. He's a great man. He's managed all over the world and he knows his football, he's a proper guy. "He has seen the future. It's a challenge but I think everyone connected to the club are prepared for that challenge. It's refreshing.”
Not everybody was convinced by Campbell's reasoning though and his one time manager Arsene Wenger said: “Time will show if it is a good move for him,”
“Maybe it can be a good decision if he wants to build something on the longer term. On the short term, he will suffer a bit because he is used to top level football.
“When you move down, it is always difficult to cope mentally.”
Wenger's caution now seems to have been justified and for the 35 year old Campbell, retirement may just be on the cards.