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Grimsby Town chairman John Fenty has declared that he is open to speaking to Sol Campbell about their vacant managerial position. The former England defender, who had a one-game spell at Notts County in 2009, told a podcast last week that he could not understand why "one of the greatest minds in football" was being overlooked for jobs. Campbell was speaking after failing to land the Oxford United job, but Fenty has said he is willing to speak to the 43-year-old as he searches for a replacement for Russell Slade. Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside, Fenty said: "I'm surprised we haven't heard from Sol. He said that clubs aren't taking a punt on young managers. We'd have a chat with him." In response, Campbell told Sky Sports show The Debate: "Definitely interested". When asked if Grimsby being 18th in League Two would put him off, he replied: "No. I'm from a hard-working background. It's all about getting in there, that's the kind of guy I am." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
Sol Campbell has claimed that clubs are afraid to appoint "one of the greatest minds in football" after he was overlooked for the Oxford United job. The former England defender - who made one appearance for Notts County during the Munto season - held talks with the U's, who have just recently been taken over by Thai businessman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth. However, the League One side are thought to consider former Liverpool, Newcastle United and Wales forward Craig Bellamy as their frontrunner for the reins. "I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn't accept me," Campbell told the Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels. "Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it's a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well, I need a job to get experience. "I don't want to go too low that it's a struggle, and I don't want to go too low that I'm under someone and thinking 'what am I doing here?' I would rather be managing a club myself. "I'm confident and it's not like it's rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. "If you're intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league. "I'm intelligent enough, it's not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can't believe some people, I'm one of the greatest minds in football and I'm being wasted because of a lack of experience or 'maybe he talks his mind too much'. "Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I'm sorry that I've got a mind, but don't be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
Grimsby Town defender Ben Davies has talked about his time at Notts County under the Munto regime as the Mariners travel to Meadow Lane for a League Two meeting. The midfielder-turned-defender spent a year-and-a-half at NG2, during which he helped the Magpies to the fourth-tier title as a culmination of a rollercoaster period under the "ownership" of the shady entity. “I’ve got nothing but happy memories there,” Davies told the Grimsby Telegraph. “Obviously going there with Sven and all the hype that was around the place, the 18 months I spent there was just a constant high really. “There was a lot of money pumped into the club at that time, and we had the likes of Kasper (Schmeichel), Lee Hughes and Sol Campbell – the team was too good for the league really, and we won a lot of games 3, 4 or 5-0. “It was nice to get the promotion, and be playing with some of the best players I’ve played with over my career. “Sven was absolutely brilliant. He was at training every day, he was at every game, and he was really hands-on with it all. “He made it a really relaxed atmosphere, and obviously winning most weeks brings that as well. On Campbell’s time at Meadow Lane, Davies added: “He came and he was there for about eight weeks trying to get fit. “He got fit, and then he trained for about three weeks with us, and you could just tell how good he was then. “He played a couple of games and then got injured again. I think he was getting frustrated at that time, and we were winning games. “But even with him being there for just three or four months, you learned so much off him with his professionalism and the way he went about things, and obviously with Kasper as well the professionalism was taken to a new level. “The way things were done, it was like a Premier League club - it was just unfortunate really that they couldn’t carry it on. “Obviously it will be nice to go back there and see everyone, but we’ll be desperate to get the win.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.