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Plenty of Sol left, but will it be on the Coast?

Sol Campbell has had a glittering career and now at the age of 33 some might think he might fancy a nice easy life, hopefully winning the FA cup then quietly slipping away - but that is not for him as he has no intention of doing that.

As he told The News as he has looked after himself over the years he intends to carry on for sometime yet: 'I've always known if you look after yourself properly, you can have a long career.

'Back in the day, players didn't look after their bodies so much and the treatment wasn't as good.

'People outside football clubs have got to recognise that times have changed and players look after themselves so much better these days.

'Look at the Italians. They have been looking after themselves properly for a long time.

'It's about having good habits from the age of 14'.

I do not doubt that Campbell will carry on his career at the top level after this season, but to be honest I am not sure if this will be at Fratton Park?

He has had some games this season where you think 'the fella is finished' then he will come back with an absolutely blinder reminding you just what a world class performer he is. For me a lot of it with Campbell is a mental conditioning thing, if he is happy mentally where he is - we are matching his own ambition and so on he is happy, if we seem to be wavering his focus seems to go.

One thing that we know for sure is that he will be on big money next season - so this could play a part in him staying or not? I am torn to be totally honest, I would like him to stay as his quality and experience would be missed a great deal but the lapses in concentration and 'the poor games' have grown this season - maybe if he could have been rested more it would have been different? Chances are this could happen more next season if he stays.

Either way, staying or not hopefully it will be a case of 'when Sol goes up to lift the FA cup we'll be there, we'll be there!' come May 17th. If we win it and that proves his last action as a Pompey player, what a way to end that will be...


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Date:Saturday April 26 2008

Time: 12:00PM

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Let's hope he stays a little longer. Apparently he has his own physio at the training ground now.
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26/04/2008 12:36:00

I would certainly like to see Sol at the club next season (with Linvoy as backup). Who knows?
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26/04/2008 15:06:00

You've got a great mix of experience and youth/energy. Both Sol and James have been fantastic, though sometimes mistakes are hard to avoid. I hope Sol will stay a bit longer with you guys too, probably retire there. Sorry for going off topic, kind of related but not quite.. What do you guys think about Tony Adams as your No.2? He's just said that he'd love to come back to Arsenal in any capacity. I personally think, with Pat Rice around as Wenger's No.2, TA would be great as a defensive coach or something, but still that'd be a bit of a waste as he seemingly has the talent to make it as a boss later down his career path. But just his presence in the Arsenal coaching staff would make a huge difference in improving the defence as well as adding steel to the team. What do you guys think about his tenure so far? And why do you think he hasn't been offered a new deal beyond summer?
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 15:56:00

If the last thing Sol does for us if lift the FA Cup, he can leave with my blessing. Immortalised. If he is still here great. We would need his experience in Europe.
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26/04/2008 15:58:00

Lou, Tony has been great for us, no coincidence that our defence is so solid now. I think they probably have approached big Tone with a contract, and would gladly have him next year, but, he had to be persuaded to stay here at the end of last season. He wants to be manager in his own right somewhere, and start building his c.v. One thing he must learn is to not be so openly critical in the press as he was with Stevanovich last year.
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26/04/2008 17:04:00

And the best of luck with the cup!! :)
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 17:37:00

Yeah I've also been under the impression that Big Tone wants to run a club in the next stop of his career. That's why I was surprised to hear he's interested in coming back to Arsenal in any capacity, while he knew he wouldn't even get tne No.2 spot. I know he didn't want to keep driving down south for work, that's why you guys got him a driver or something. Maybe he'd like to come back to London. Anyway, if he chooses to leave Pompey, I'd personally love to have him back.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 17:42:00

tonys experiance as a manager for himself wasnt so great. i dont actually know the record he had with wycomb, but i have heard enough to suggest it was a bit of a failure! Since he has come to pompey, despite claims that he is NOT a defencive coach, and that if he WERE just a defensive coach, he would leave, he really has done miracles with our defence! he seems to be the perfect match with harry, who likes to play attacking football, as tony just brings in an edge of stability to our back 4 that wouldnt otherwhys be there. if he left to arsenal, i wold wish him all the best, and although he has said he would LIKE to move there, i think it is much more likely that he takes a managing role of his own...
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26/04/2008 18:06:00

Would love to see big Tone stay but if he was to go then nobody could blame him for wanting to return to his beloved Arsenal. and let's not forget that Big Joe plays an important part in Pompeys success too !.... As for Sol, yeah he is a bit shaky at times and if we are to push on we do need another more solid central defender to work alongside Distin.. If he does stay a bit of competition might do him good... all in all I hope both Tone & Sol stay but if either go it'll be with a big Thank you .. both have done us proud
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27/04/2008 07:52:00

I've always thought Harry had a good eye for his assistants. Jim Smith seemed to work well. I remember talk of Steve Cotterill as a possible number 2 and, of course, Tony Adams has fitted in brilliantly. During all this time we have kept Joe Jordan as a prominant member of staff. Top quality man-management.
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