Date:Friday May 16 2008
Sol Campbell has spoken to sky sports, talking about his footballing career and how he has found a new lease of life at Pompey, with the area and the players arriving over the past couple of years leaving him feeling 'fantastic': 'I'm feeling good. It's sunny down here, the sea air, it's brilliant.
'The lads who have come in over the last two years since I've been here have been fantastic. The gaffer has brought in some great players.
'There is now a lot of experience combined with a will to win and that's the main thing. That mentality feeds through to everyone.'
He had special praise for Harry Redknapp, talking about the side he has assembled here and his delight that he did not go to Newcastle when he could have: 'Harry Redknapp has assembled a great side and he can get the best out of players. That is his forte. Obviously I'm happy he didn't go to Newcastle when he had the chance.
'He's happy down here, he knows the place inside-out, knows when to push, knows when to hold back. He's a great manager and Saturday will be a great day for him.'
It is good when you hear Campbell talking like this - when he has a positive outlook on things he seems a much better player these days. When things are not quite right in his own mind that is when he does not always seem quite right on the pitch - so this bodes well for tomorrow all being well...
As far as his leaving Pompey this summer goes, he is insisting that he will be staying, so appears to be the latest in what seems to be - all being well - a growing line of people committing to the club for next season: 'I've got another year on my contract here and I'm enjoying myself and family life, enjoying my football.
'I talked about going abroad before but if that was ever going to happen it would have happened a year or two ago. My situation is different now. If I never move abroad I'll have no regrets.
'I enjoy the game more since I came here but there is always pressure whoever you play for.'
I have swayed back and forth on the 'will he stay' issue, but if he is a man of his word it would appear that his future will be with us next season, which as long as he can get breaks throughout the season and keeps himself focused would be a very good thing for Portsmouth Football Club.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday May 16 2008
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