Sol Campbell says 'one of the greatest minds in football' is being wasted after Oxford United snub

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Sol Campbell says one of the ‘greatest minds in football’ is being wasted as he’s overlooked for managerial roles.

The former Arsenal defender has revealed he held talks over the vacant Oxford United, expected to be filled by retired Wales international Craig Bellamy, but was turned down by the League One club.

Campbell has been touring Europe taking in training sessions at Milan and Sampdoria, as well as visiting former Gunners teammate Patrick Vieria in New York, in order to further his knowledge.

The ex-England man says he’s intelligent enough to take a management role, despite having no experience, and that clubs are scared to take on someone who speaks their mind.

"I did go [for the Oxford job] and they didn't accept me," Campbell said on the 'Highbury & Heels' podcast.

"Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it's a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.

"I don't want to go too low that it's a struggle, and I don't want to go too low that I'm under someone and thinking 'what am I doing here?' I would rather be managing a club myself.

"I'm confident and it's not like it's rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. If you're intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.

"I'm intelligent enough, it's not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can't believe some people, I'm one of the greatest minds in football and I'm being wasted because of a lack of experience or 'maybe he talks his mind too much'.

"Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I'm sorry that I've got a mind, but don't be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not."

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