Former England and Arsenal great set to become T&T assistant coach

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 06:45

Former England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell is set to be offered a route back into football as Trinidad and Tobago assistant manager.

The former England international is understood to be a target for the Soca Warriors, who are revamping their coaching set-up.

Former Swansea player Dennis Lawrence was recently appointed the Caribbean nation's new manager. 

The ex-Arsenal defender, who has completed his coaching badges, is keen to take his first steps into football management and the role could provide Campbell with that opportunity.

Campbell has been away from football since retiring in May 2012 but is keen for a return. 

This news breaks just 10 days after Campbell's exclusive interview with Sportsmail was published, in which he revealed his plans to become 'one of the greatest managers this country has ever produced'.

The 42-year-old said: 'I'm older now. I'm even more mature than I was as a player. I can handle all that kind of stuff. I dealt with it as a player and it's a little different as a manager but I've got the capacity to absorb all of that.

The former Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Notts County and Newcastle United defender has had an eclectic five years since ending his playing days.

Campbell came close to running as Conservative candidate for London Mayor and has helped run his wife Fiona's furniture design business.

However he could now be using his extensive playing experience - including 73 England caps across six major tournaments including three World Cups - to help Trinidad and Tobago reach a finals of their own.

Trinidad and Tobago has reached one World Cup in their history - Germany 2006 where they played England, who had Campbell on the bench, in the group stage. England won the match 2-0, and the debutants finished bottom of the pool with one point from three games.