Sol Campbell is the new manager of League Two basement club Macclesfield Town.
The former Tottenham, Arsenal and England central defender takes his first job in management having previously been an unsuccessful applicant for vacant positions at Oxford United, Grimsby and Oldham.
He was photographed entering offices at Macclesfield’s Moss Rose stadium on 27 November and the deal was confirmed in a club statement
It read: “Macclesfield Town are delighted to announce that former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell is to become our new first team manager, after agreeing an 18-month deal with the club.”
Campbell will be unveiled in a press conference on 29 November.
He takes over a club bottom of the Football League, despite Saturday’s 1-0 win over Yeovil Town, and currently seven points from safety.
Macclesfieldhave been without a manager since Mark Yates was sacked on 8 October after his team failed to win any of their first 12 league games. Danny Whittaker, the veteran midfielder, had been acting as caretaker boss alongside former Silkmen player Neil Howarth.
Having led the club to promotion from the National League last season as champions, long-serving manager John Askey chose to move on to League One Shrewsbury, who sacked him on 12 November.
Instead of what would have been a popular return for Askey, the Cheshire club have turned to Campbell, who has been working with England Under-21s as part of the Football Association’s ‘In Pursuit of Progress’ initiative, which offers BAME coaches experience in the national team set up. He also had a brief spell as assistant manager of Trinidad and Tobago.
After recently speaking at the Cambridge University Union, Campbell posted a social media image of himself on a train on Tuesday morning which said: “Football moves fast! My work started 2 years ago. #manager #business.”
Campbell, who won 73 England caps, retired in 2012 after leaving Newcastle the previous year and has been taking his FA coaching badges.