Report: Ex-Arsenal and Spurs star Sol Campbell in running for Oxford job

David Unsworth, Manager of Everton U23 looks on during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Everton at Meadow Park on February 5, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Sol Campbell has held talks with Oxford about becoming their next manager.

Ex Arsenal player Sol Campbell looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

Sol Campbell has emerged as a surprise contender to be named as the next Oxford United manager, according to the Daily Mail.

The U's are searching for a new boss following the sacking of Pep Clotet on January 22 and the former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender has since held talks with the League One club about filling the vacancy.

Oxford United manager Pep Clotet looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Oxford United at StadiumMK on September 2, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England.

Everton Under-23s chief David Unsworth had been considered the favourite to succeed Clotet at the Kassam Stadium, but it is now understood the 44-year-old is out of the running.

It means that Campbell could be given his first job in management after previously admitting on Soccer AM last month that he wanted to move into the dugout.

"I'm looking for a job in football, that's what it's all about. I want to manage," the 43-year-old said.

"I understand it's a difficult environment, even though I've got a top-notch CV, but I understand you've got to start from the bottom and work your way up.

"It's all about working towards my goal. Yes, you've got to start all over again, but it's all about building a new career and I'm willing to do that."

David Unsworth, Manager of Everton U23 looks on during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Everton at Meadow Park on February 5, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.

Campbell came through the youth ranks at Spurs and spent nine years in their first team before causing huge controversy in the summer of 2001 when the centre-back left them for fierce North London rivals the Gunners on a free transfer.

The former England international won two Premier League titles and four FA Cups after making the move, before stints with Portsmouth, Notts County and Newcastle United before retiring from playing in 2011.

Ex Arsenal player Sol Campbell holds the FA Cup prior to the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

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