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Sky Sports News understands Sol Campbell has walked away from League Two club Notts County after just one game.

The centre-back made the surprise decision to sign a five-year contract at Meadow Lane in the summer after his contract expired at Portsmouth.

But reports on Wednesday morning suggested Campbell had walked away from County, who have the 35-year-old's ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson as director of football.

That speculation has now been confirmed, with the 73-time England cap saying his goodbyes to his short-term team-mates after training on Tuesday.

Campbell struggled on his debut for County as Ian McParland's side lost to Morecambe on Saturday and it is understood he asked to be released from his deal after that match.

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Sky Sports News understands Sol Campbell has walked away from League Two club Notts County after just one game.

The centre-back made the surprise decision to sign a five-year contract at Meadow Lane in the summer after his contract expired at Portsmouth.

But reports on Wednesday morning suggested Campbell had walked away from County, who have the 35-year-old's ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson as director of football.

That speculation has now been confirmed, with the 73-time England cap saying his goodbyes to his short-term team-mates after training on Tuesday.

Campbell struggled on his debut for County as Ian McParland's side lost to Morecambe on Saturday and it is understood he asked to be released from his deal after that match.

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Walter....NO!!!!!!!!!!

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BBC stating that he can leave Notts County if he is not happy.

He made his debut last week at Morecombe and then stated afterwards that the team were guilty of hesitating in possession and lost the 3rd consecutive away game.

Campbell can leave Notts County

Campbell changed his mind after just one game in a County shirt

Notts County will not stand in Sol Campbell's way if he is determined to leave, BBC Sport understands.

The ex-England centre-back is believed to have told the club he wants to leave Meadow Lane after making his debut at Morecambe on Saturday.

It was their third consecutive away defeat and the former Tottenham and Arsenal defender said his new side were guilty of hesitating in possession.

The 35-year-old only joined the Magpies last month on a five-year deal.

Campbell was capped 73 times by England and won many of those caps under County's new director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson.

He said the prospect of working with Eriksson again was a big part of his reason for choosing to go to Meadow Lane and that he planned to play there for "at least three years".

"This club have got great ambition and I want to be a part of it," said Campbell when he joined last month.

"Sven played a big role. He's a great man. He's managed all over the world and he knows his football, he's a proper guy.

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What can possibly have gone so wrong so quickly, and how does it make you feel about County's future?

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"He's seen the future. It's a challenge but I think everyone connected to the club are prepared for that challenge. It's refreshing. "

The 6ft 2in centre-half began his playing career at Tottenham before his controversial move to bitter rivals Arsenal in 2001.

In five years with the Gunners he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, and was an integral member of the double-winning team of 2002 and the 'Invincible' squad which went through the entire 2003-04 league season unbeaten.

He moved to Portsmouth in 2006, captaining them to FA Cup glory in 2008 and making 32 Premier League appearances last season before moving to Notts County.

The signing of Campbell and Eriksson came in the wake of the club's takeover by Middle East consortium Munto Finance in the summer.

Earlier this week, County denied that the Football League is unhappy with the takeover.

Campbell's decision to drop to the lower leagues received a mixed reaction from his former managers.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who managed Campbell at Portsmouth, said he if he had been in charge of any other club, he would have attempted to sign him.

"I think he is still a fantastic player," he said.

"In my opinion he's still in the top six central defenders in the Premier League so for Notts County to get him in that division is incredible."

But Arsene Wenger, who was Campbell's manager at Arsenal, expressed doubts about how he would handle the change in standard.

"Time will show if it is a good move for him," he said. "It depends what is in his mind, if it is purely a football move or if it is a long-term move that he wants to be involved afterwards as a coach.

"Maybe it can be a good decision if he wants to build something on the longer term. On the short term, he will suffer a bit because he is used to top level football.

"When you move down, it is always difficult to cope mentally."

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So who has tapped him up then? He is on 10 million quid at Notts County over the next 5 years so he aint walking away from the game

Or his big gay secret is about to come out. :craphead:

Reckon It's all in the head with Sol.

I think the move to League Two has been too big a culture shock for him.

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