The 39 year-old, who is currently working towards earning his coaching badges, says that he might have to leave Britain in search of managerial opportunities because “attitudes here are archaic.”
From start to finish, the process of attaining his coaching badges is likely to take three years and Campbell believes that upon completion he will have to leave Britain to begin his new career.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Campbell said, “Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country and why the likes of [former Sheffield United striker] Brian Deane have to go abroad [to Sarpsborg 08 in Norway] to get a chance.”
In his 19 year playing career which ended in May 2012, Campbell represented England 73 times , played at three World Cups and won two Premier League titles with Arsenal whilst playing for the Gunners almost 200 times and scoring in the 2006 Champions League final for the north Londoners.
While the Englishman’s assertion is backed by the fact that Chris Hughton, Chris Powell, Paul Ince and Chris Kiwomya are the only four black managers in all of Britain’s 92 professional clubs, Campbell’s opinion may also be biased owing to his own bitter experience at the hands of the English Football Association. Despite trying to repeatedly get into the England set-up, Campbell was overlooked in favour of Gary Neville for the job of assistant manager. The perceived betrayal has been a hard pill to swallow for the former centre back ever since.
“I want to start abroad,” Campbell told Sky Sports News this weekend. “There are no opportunities for me here, not until attitudes change anyway.
“I’ve spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same, that attitudes here are archaic. I hope and pray the environment changes.”
He added: “I gave my heart and soul for the national team but the FA were not there for me when I had problems.
“Even after that, I still wanted to do something with the England setup, and they said they were interested, but the interest went cold.
“Suddenly, Gary Neville pops up as assistant manager. It’s obvious they want nice people who won’t cause them any problems. I put out an olive branch and it got broken, but whatever, I’m ready to move on.”