Preston North End quickly decided to make Frankie McAvoy their full-time manager – but Sol Campbell claims he he spoke to the club about a move.
McAvoy was handed the reigns on a temporary basis following Alex Neil’s departure.
McAvoy had served as Neil’s right hand man at Preston, and fared well in interim charge.
The Scot landed the job permanently, though the jury is still out on whether that was really a good move.
Other candidates were seemingly spoken to though. We think Roy Keane had talks with Peter Ridsdale over a deal, before the job went to McAvoy.
The Arsenal legend named a host of clubs he had spoken to about jobs, but remains out of work.
“I’ve applied for England Under-21s, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, I had a chat with Swansea, MK Dons, Doncaster, Ipswich, Preston – the list just goes on over the course of a couple of years in recent times,” said Campbell.
Former England international Campbell has been out of management since leaving Southend United in 2020.
Campbell did a decent job in testing circumstances at Macclesfield Town from 2018 to 2019, but won just four of 23 games at Southend.
That doesn’t really lend itself to landing a Championship job, but Campbell should be in a job somewhere.
Many managers get job after job despite failing miserably, and Campbell has yet to be given a chance where he isn’t firefighting.
Maybe Campbell pops back on the Preston radar one day, but we would like to see him back in the game with a League One or Two side.