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Sol Campbell quits Notts County after one game

Sol Campbell has sensationally quit Notts County after just one game. Campbell agreed a five-year £40,000-a-week deal earlier this month, but has now asked to be released.

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The defender made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe on Saturday, but went to manager Ian McParland after the game to ask to be let go, before walking out of training on Tuesday. The reasons for his decision appear to be that he feels the club have broken their promises over the level of investment in players and facilities, although he has been told he cannot sign for a new club until January.

A statement read: ''Notts County FC confirms that Sol Campbell has asked to cancel his five year contract with the Club, this has been agreed by mutual consent.

Peter Trembling, Executive Chairman said: "While we are disappointed that Sol felt that he could not adjust to the long term nature of the project underway at Notts County, we obviously wish him the best with the remainder of his career and hope that he is able to obtain a place where he can play at International level ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

"The investment project is on track; we've brought in a lot of new players and resources into the Club, but obviously this is a five year project, not a five week one. For any fan that bought a new Notts' shirt and had 'Campbell' printed on the back, I am pleased to offer a voucher for the club shop for a replacement shirt."

Campbell joined the club in a flurry of publicity and hoped for a coaching role under director of football Sven Goran Eriksson, having become a free agent in the summer after leaving Portsmouth.

Trembling added on Sky Sports News: ''We're disappointed Sol has decided, from yesterday, he wants to end his contract. It's one of those things, he joined five weeks ago on a five-year contract as part of the long-term project, but ultimately he's come to the point, having been here five weeks, where he has decided it's not for him.

''Sometimes decisions are made, people make wrong decisions and Sol has decided this is not where he wants to be now. We're not going to kick up a fuss about it. If he wants to go, he needs to go and we genuinely wish him all the best.''

Asked about the reasons Campbell gave, Trembling added: ''Not an awful lot, just that this was not working out for him.

''I spoke to his representative this morning and he has just decided it's not working out and he wants to move on. Perhaps things are not happening as quickly as he thought they might, but this is a five-year project, not a five-week project. We can't just become a Premier League club overnight. That is how it is. If he doesn't want to play here, we don't want him here.''


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