Sol Campbell is eager to manage in England
It's been five years since Campbell, now 42, hung up his boots in the hope of making the transition into management. Yet he waits and waits.
The only contact has come from Trinidad & Tobago, where Campbell was installed as the Caribbean nation's assistant manager last month. It is understandable his patience is finally wearing thin.
Figures released last season by the League Managers' Association revealed their members were sacked after an average service of just 15 months.
This season English football, throughout the four divisions, has already seen a staggering 39 managerial changes. That figure is destined to rise again before the end of the season.
Yet Campbell remains exiled and in danger of being lost to the English game for good.
"International football has come first with Trinidad and it's a world that I know," said Campbell. "But I really want to get my teeth into something over here. I know English football.
Trinidad and Tobago assistant manager Sol Campbell looks on during a training session
"I just want to get in front of some owners and directors. Give me that chance. That's all I want as I know once I get that chance I can show them what I'm about.
"I would start at the bottom and that wouldn't bother me. Of course it would have to be the right club who are well run and ambitious.
"I'm not trying to run before you can walk as sometimes if you dive in too early, you can get burned.
"That's how you learn and improve, when you haven't got the best team but need to get that team up to standard and get the best out of players.
"I've had some conversations about coaching abroad but this is my bread and butter. So I will keep throwing my name into the hat and someone hopefully will say, 'We've gone down that road and it hasn't worked before, so what about Sol?'
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"I need someone to really get behind me and back me as there's fire in my belly."
Sol Campbell won the Premier League title with Arsenal in their 'Invincibles' season in 2004
Campbell does not command the public fondness offered to some of his peers.
At Tottenham, vilified after making the life-changing decision to ignore the offer of a new contract and waltz off down the Seven Sisters Road on a free to Arsenal, that's understandable. And there the defender was part of the 2003-04 Invincibles team, won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
He also remains revered at Portsmouth for his part in helping them win the FA Cup in 2008. In fact, his CV at club level takes some beating.
Throw in 73 England caps and appearing in six consecutive major international tournaments, and it's no wonder he is left scratching his head at failing to get a look-in following 19 years at the top.
"I'm more respected in Europe than my own country and I don't why that is," said Campbell, who has completed his coaching badges with the Welsh FA.
"For some reason I never get a mention when a job comes up. I don't know why that is as I'm a winner. Just take a look at my record.
Sol Campbell made 73 appearances for England
"I've played for England, won the Premier League and played in every position besides goalkeeper.
"I've been through everything as a player and know how to handle modern-day players. Helping players progress and better themselves is just up my street.
"But I still see the same names banded about, going from job to job after being sacked elsewhere. You have to laugh sometimes."
Roy Keane, Tony Adams and Teddy Sheringham, great players of Campbell's era, have tried and failed in management. That doesn't put off Campbell, who has long advocated for football to see beyond the colour bar and provide more opportunities for black managers.
He refuses to cite that as a reason for his absence. Or his failed bid to become the Conservative candidate for London Mayor.
"I've worked with my wife and business and tried my hand at politics, but it always come back to football," he added. "It's in my blood. I'd rather wear a tracksuit than a suit and my past should not have put anyone off.
"I've got unfinished business in English football. That's where my focus remains and my phone is always on."
Sol Campbell was speaking at the North London Muslim Community Centre, which is one of four nominees for the Tennis Foundation Special Recognition award at March's British Ethnic Diversity Awards.