Former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Sol Campbell has announced his intention to displace Boris Johnson as the Mayor of London.
Campbell, who infamously made the switch from Spurs to Arsenal in 2001, may find he is short of friends in the capital and has acknowledged that he is not going to be a “frontrunner” in the race to lead London.
The 40-year-old will be running on the promise to “change London for everybody” and has spoken out against those currently in power.
He declared: “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, had thousands spent on their education, and I mean they are royally mucking up.”
Campbell promises to bring something new to the table, quite what that will be is as-yet unclear but the Londoner claims much of his campaign will be based around giving something back to his city.
He said: “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, it wasn't easy for me at all, but I worked hard. And now it's about giving something back.”
Despite his career in football the former Newcastle United player in no stranger to the political scene.
Campbell campaigned alongside Tory candidates in the run-up to this years general election but ruled himself out of the running in the Kensington and Chelsea area insisting that his "ambitions lie elsewhere in the political arena”.
Also in the running for the Tory candidacy are entrepreneur Ivan Massow, current deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh and London Assembly member Andrew Boff. MP Zac Goldsmith has also been tipped as a potential challenger.
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