Sol Campbell has launched a stinging attack on the Football Association for rejecting his offer to work for them.
According to Campbell, English football’s governing body turned down his offer to work with the national team in the role Gary Neville was appointed to in 2012.
Their decision forced the former England defender to turn to the Football Association of Wales to get his coaching badges as he bids to make a return to the game.
Campbell, who won 73 caps between 1996 and 2007, said: “I wanted to work with the FA. I went to them. I rang them up and they didn’t want to know.
“I had a lot of meetings with the FA. Then there was radio silence for three weeks. Then they just shut the door. And then they got Gary Neville involved with the first team. I could easily have done the job Neville is doing. That really hurt me big time.”
Campbell, who accused the FA of “institutional racism” in his authorised biography which was released yesterday, added: “It’s like what I’ve done for my England career doesn’t really add up for anything to them. If that’s how they think towards me, then fine. I’ll go elsewhere.”
When Campbell decided to get his coaching badges 18 months ago, he approached the Welsh FA after the perceived snub.
“I went to the Welsh FA because the English didn’t really welcome me. If they had I would be working with them. I contacted the Welsh FA and they welcomed me. So I go to Cardiff or Swansea every six weeks or so.”
Despite his long England career, Campbell does not feel it is strange he is now training to be a coach with another association. “They [the Welsh] do a wonderful job,” he said. “A lot of players have gone there. I don’t think England worry about me. If they did, I’d be there now.”
When contacted by the Standard, the FA insisted Neville was much closer to the completion of his coaching licences, while Campbell lacked the requisite qualifications to have been appointed to the role at that time.
Such is Campbell’s estrangement with England he rarely goes to Wembley — and certainly is not waiting for a call from FA chairman Greg Dyke.
“No it’s not going to happen. I’ve been there once in the last year. They try to invite me but I don’t go any more.”
Despite widespread criticism of his claims he was denied the captaincy because of the colour of his skin, Campbell is adamant his points stand.
“I’ve got it right,” he said. “If I was white, my chances of captaining England would have been definitely enhanced.
“I’ve played magnificently for my country and that’s what I can be proud about. A couple of times I was involved in the world team so I can sit back and say, ‘do you know what, I’ve played really well for my country,’ and that is something the fans can’t deny.”
Campbell publicly criticised Dyke after the FA chief announced that an all-white commission would look into the state of English football.
He said today: “The trouble was they didn’t even have a black player on the commission. Then when I complained on the BBC they said, ‘oh well the whole commission’s not completed yet.’ Who puts out a half-baked commission? It looks a bit stupid.”