A surprise candidate for London Mayor is former England and Newcastle player Sol Campbell.

Hoping for the Conservative party nomination, the former international defender accepts he is one of the outsiders but believes he offers something different.

Sol Campbell:

“I am going in with my eyes wide open and I know I’m not going to be a frontrunner,”

“But I look at people who have been in politics for five, 10, 15 years, and muck up, you see them muck up and think, you guys are supposed to be pro! People that have gone to Oxbridge and have had thousands spent on their education, I mean they are royally mucking up.”

“I bring something new to the table. This is a whole new road for me, something I can get my teeth into but I just felt it was something I had to do.

“I come from a working class background and it wasn’t easy for me at all, but I worked hard. And now it’s about giving something back.”

Just how hard he worked for his year’s wages at Newcastle is debateable, considering some of the photos that emerged of him from training.

Not exactly the type of signing Mike Ashley would consider these days, Sol Campbell was a different type of budget/temporary fix to try and help get through a Premier league season.

Chris Hughton was given next to no transfer market help after getting Newcastle promoted and ended up taking Campbell as short-term defensive help.

Sol Campbell turned 36 during that 2010/11 season and played in 7 Premier League matches which included 4 in the starting line-up. One of those being Alan Pardew’s first match as manager, a 3-1 win over Liverpool.

Asked whether he could count on the votes of Tottenham supporters in the vote for London Mayor….:

Sol Campbell:

“If we keep thinking about football, we’re not going to do anything. We are dealing with people’s lives here.”