Former Arsenal defender and prominent member of our Invincibles squad Sol Campbell is set to stand for election in an attempt to replace Boris Johnson as London mayor, The Guardian reports.
Campbell has sought a career in politics following his retirement from football in 2012 and after joining the Conservative party due to his objection to Labour’s mansion tax, as the report suggests, he’s now attempting to assume a significant role.
The Guardian also mentions that Campbell was set to stand as an MP for Kensington in last month’s general election to replace the retiring Sir Malcolm Rifkind, but eventually lost out to Lady Victoria Borwick.
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“I’m going in with my eyes wide open. I know I’m not going to be a frontrunner,” Campbell was quoted as saying.
“But I look at people who have been in politics for five, 10, 15 years, and muck up, you see them muck up and think, ‘you guys are supposed to be pro!’.
“People that have gone to Oxbridge, had thousands spent on their education, and I mean they are royally mucking up.”
After an illustrious career with us, Campbell’s final few years ended on a whimper with the defender struggling to make an impact at Newcastle United.
Campbell made arguably the most controversial transfer move in Premier League history by signing for us from Spurs and ended his first campaign with a league and cup double.
The 40-year-old picked up two league titles and three FA Cups during his time with us. Let’s hope he’s half as successful in the House of Commons as he was on a football pitch.