Checkatrade Trophy: Sol Campbell beaten on Macclesfield bow | Football News |

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Checkatrade Trophy: Sol Campbell beaten on Macclesfield bow | Football News |

Checkatrade Trophy: Sol Campbell beaten on Macclesfield bow | Football News |

Sol Campbell directs his Macclesfield side against Newcastle’s youngsters in the Checkatrade Trophy

Sol Campbell was handed an early reminder of how tough management can be as his new Macclesfield side went out of the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties to Newcastle’s U21s.

The 44-year-old former Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender made his managerial debut in front of a crowd of 1,126 at St James’ Park but saw his League Two strugglers beaten 5-3 in the shootout after the second-round game had finished 1-1.

Campbell, part of the England teams which lost on penalties to Argentina at the 1998 World Cup and Portugal at Euro 2004, was an animated figure in his technical area and could be heard in the sparsely-populated 52,000-capacity stadium urging his players to “box them in” and “keep the ball”.

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