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Spurs: Levy had a shocker on Campbell

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If a survey amongst Tottenham Hotspur supporters had been to be run concerning the participant they dislike essentially the most, Sol Campbell would probably high the listing by a substantial distance – one thing {that a} 2014 article by WhatCulture proved.

Certainly, after making 295 appearances for Spurs, the academy graduate didn’t pen a brand new take care of the Lilywhites over the course of the 2000/01 marketing campaign – regardless of himself stating that he could be remaining at White Hart Lane – which means that he was free to go away the membership on a free switch on the finish of the season.

And, whereas the centre-back revealed that he had provides on the desk from some monumental European golf equipment – together with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich – the centre-back dedicated what is taken into account to be a cardinal sin by Tottenham supporters by securing a transfer to north London rivals, Arsenal.

Talking upon his unveiling for the Gunners, Campbell mentioned: “Staying within the Premiership was vital to me. I used to be very eager to remain within the Premiership. Sven-Goran Eriksson, the England coach, is right here and the vast majority of video games he sees are right here in England. It was an enormous determination. I may have earned more cash by going overseas however I felt this was the place to be.”

The defender went on to state his perception that Arsenal are a “improbable membership” with a “nice workforce supervisor and the set-up is geared as much as win. I wish to be right here and I’m right here now. There have been quite a lot of elements I needed to undergo however ultimately, it was overwhelming for Arsenal. I’ve made my determination and I’m completely satisfied. I simply hope everybody respects that call.”

And, contemplating simply how profitable the England worldwide was following his transfer from the white to the crimson half of north London, Daniel Levy’s determination to not provide Campbell a contract that matched Arsenal’s proposal in a short time proved to be one thing of a shocker by the newly-appointed Tottenham chairman.

Certainly, in his first season at Highbury, the centre-back performed a starring function in Arsenal’s Premier League-winning marketing campaign, that includes in 31 of the membership’s league fixtures – chipping in with two objectives alongside the way in which – in addition to serving to the Gunners raise that 12 months’s FA Cup.

The 73-cap worldwide was additionally a massively vital think about Arsenal’s well-known ‘invincibles‘ title-winning facet in 2003/04, making 35 appearances within the league, whereas he would additionally go on to assist the Gunners raise an extra three FA Cups earlier than leaving the membership for Portsmouth in 2006.

In the meantime, over the five-year interval the participant who Arsene Wenger dubbed “unbelievable” spent in north London throughout his first spell with the membership, Tottenham completed ninth, tenth, 14th, ninth and fifth, whereas additionally failing to raise a home or worldwide cup.

As such, whereas Campbell alone might not have helped Tottenham benefit from the success their north London rivals did with the centre-back within the coronary heart of their defence, a expertise of the 48-year-old’s means might effectively have helped Levy persuade the next calibre of participant to affix the membership within the switch market, in addition to being the rock on which the Tottenham facet may have been constructed.

Certainly, the truth that Levy let Campbell slip by way of his fingers is well one of many chairman’s worst errors of his tenure at Spurs, one thing that was solely additional compounded by the defender’s function in Arsenal’s big success within the early 2000s.

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