'I'm One of the Greatest Minds in Football': Sol Campbell Says He's 'Being Wasted' After Oxford Snub

Arsenal icon Sol Campbell says he is "being wasted" after his move into management has been hindered by owners "scared" about how he speaks his mind.

Campbell enjoyed a stellar career in the Premier League, first with Tottenham Hotspur before moving to North London rivals Arsenal, where he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

The 46-year-old wanted to move into the dugout and, having worked as an assistant coach for Trinidad and Tobago, he applied to Oxford United job but was turned down in favor of Craig Bellamy.

"I did go [for the Oxford job] and they didn't accept me," the former center-back told Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels.

"Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it's a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.

"I don't want to go too low that it's a struggle, and I don't want to go too low that I'm under someone and thinking, 'What am I doing here?' I would rather be managing a club myself."

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Sol Campbell at Wembley Stadium, London, May 27, 2017. Campbell believes he is "being wasted" as he cannot get a job in management. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

And Campbell believes there is no question about his capabilities as a manager, insisting that he has the intellect to be a success.

"I'm confident and it's not like it's rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level," he said. "If you're intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.

"I'm intelligent enough, it's not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can't believe some people, I'm one of the greatest minds in football and I'm being wasted because of a lack of experience or 'maybe he talks his mind too much'.

"Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I'm sorry that I've got a mind, but don't be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not."