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Eriksson 'let down' by Campbell

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Notts County director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted he is disappointed by Sol Campbell's decision to quit the club after just one match.

The former England boss signed Campbell on a five-year deal last month.

Asked if he felt let down by the ex-England defender's swift exit, Eriksson said: "Yes, a little bit.

"I am very disappointed, very much so because we signed him and we thought we should have him for longer," he told Sky Sports News.

"But I think everyone has the same feeling, the players, the staff, the directors, the fans, because he's a big name and a very important player."

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Campbell made his League Two debut for Notts County in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Morecambe but left the club by mutual consent five days later.

The 35-year-old former Portsmouth, Arsenal and Tottenham star had arrived as a free agent last month on a deal reported to be worth £40,000 a week.

It was a real statement of intent from the ambitious new owners at Meadow Lane, with Eriksson playing an instrumental role in persuading Campbell to drop down to the Football League's bottom tier.

But the move quickly turned sour, with reports suggesting Campbell had become disillusioned with the club's rate of progression during his short stay.

Eriksson claims not to know why the player walked away from the club, but insists that reason would be grossly unfair should it be true.

We are all sorry that he has gone but the project goes on without Sol Campbell, nothing has changed

Sven-Goran Eriksson

The Swede continued: "I really don't know the real reason. He didn't like the training pitch and the dressing room and things like that but he knew that before because we showed him around before he signed.

"We know we are not perfect at this moment and I don't think that would be fair at all. It is a long-term project.

"Since the new owners came in, the club have signed seven or eight new players - and you can't build a new training ground in four or five weeks.

"It takes time to make the stadium better, it can't be done over a weekend so I think that's unfair.

"We are all sorry that he has gone but the project goes on without Sol Campbell, nothing has changed."

County manager Ian McParland also expressed his dismay with the departure of Campbell.

"I'm disappointed because I got on well with Sol. He's a gentleman, he's a nice man and the lads got on really well with him," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

'Resilient' Notts can cope without Campbell

"He was in that dressing room and mucking in with all the boys.

"I enjoyed working with him, he was never a problem. I'm disappointed he's not stayed around but that's life. People come and go from football clubs all the time.

"The fans will be disappointed - there's never been a star like that here for a long time... an England captain coming here was fantastic for them."

Campbell's own future remains uncertain.

Capped 73 times by his country, he is now highly unlikely to be allowed to play for any other club until the January transfer window.

But former manager Arsene Wenger thinks he could still play at the top level again.

"It depends how much he wants it," said the Arsenal boss. "He still has enough in the locker to play in the Premier League. If he wants to play in the Premier League, he can still play in the Premier League."



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see also
Campbell makes Notts County exit
23 Sep 09 |  Notts County
Magpies must "wake up" - Campbell
21 Sep 09 |  Notts County
Morecambe 2-1 Notts County
19 Sep 09 |  League Two
Campbell seals Notts County move
25 Aug 09 |  Notts County
Eriksson aims for Premier League
22 Jul 09 |  Notts County


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