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PFA wants end to Campbell 'mess'

Sol Campbell and Gordon Taylor
Taylor (right) expects to resolve Campbell's dispute 'in a few days'

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has stepped in to help Sol Campbell solve his contract dispute with Notts County.

The League Two club are refusing to release Campbell's registration so he can sign for another club until he agrees on a "statement of departure".

"I'm trying to agree a deal so the player can move on and the club can move on," Taylor told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's best for both club and player we do this as quickly as possible, because it's an untenable situation."

The former Tottenham, Arsenal and Portsmouth defender joined big-spending County in August amid a blaze of publicity, but left the club less than a month into a five-year deal.

Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), said County were keen to stop Campbell discussing matters relating to the club's ownership.

Sol feels he's able to perform at the highest level and nobody would want to deny him that opportunity

Gordon Taylor

"From Notts County's point of view, they had a lot of bad publicity concerning the identity of their owners, and they're quite sensitive to criticism.

"They've answered the questions of the Football League with regards to ownership, but they don't want a bun fight in public.

"They feel it didn't do their reputation any good that Sol chose to leave and they don't want it damaged any more.

"From Sol's point of view, he's got his dignity, he's had a very good career and it's best for both parties to move on. If anything's going to be said, it can be behind closed doors."


Campbell has been training with old club Arsenal, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said he would not be making a move for his former captain.

Championship side West Brom have also been linked with the centre-half.

Campbell cannot go anywhere until County relinquish his registration, but Taylor said he had no idea if the 35-year-old had a club lined up.

"It's for Sol to speak for himself, but everybody knows he was playing at the highest level," said Taylor.

"He still feels he's able to perform at the highest level and nobody would want to deny him that opportunity."

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Arsenal rule out Campbell signing
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Campbell aims to train at Arsenal
06 Oct 09 |  Football
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24 Sep 09 |  Notts County
Campbell makes Notts County exit
23 Sep 09 |  Notts County
Campbell seals Notts County move
25 Aug 09 |  Notts County

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