Campbell snub sums up Newcastle United's current plight
Once upon the Tyne players turning down Newcastle United to play in what some of us will always regard as the Fourth Division would have been regarded as something as a shock in football - in fact during the first KK era players turned down Premier League clubs to join a Second Division (old money) side (ask John Beresford, Paul Bracewell, Scott Sellars or Barry Venison if you don't believe me).
But there was nothing puzzling about Sol Campbell's decision to snub the Magpies on Tyneside for the Magpies of Nottingham, nothing puzzling at all.
Campbell was offered a deal to play for Newcastle with caretaker boss Chris Hughton confirming this today at the club's media conference ahead of the Huddersfield Town Carling Cup game.
Instead he opted for the basement division side because they were a "well ran club" and he confessed that there were clubs higher up the league ladder that were nothing short of a shambles behind the scenes.
Campbell was referring to Premier League clubs whe he said it but he could quite easily have been referring to Newcastle United.
We all know it's a mess but when those who have ventured the insides of St James's Park and examined the current internal state of the place can't wait to pack their bags and head for Notts County, Sven-mania or not, it's yet another slap in the face for Toon fans.
Recently I spoke to another player, who like Campbell was a free agent but could easily have played for Newcastle with plenty of top flight and Championship experience to offer, who described the set-up at the club as "Mickey Mouse" and that he was concerned about the management structure at St James's.
Despite Newcastle's great start to the season the future is still unclear - especially with the strength of a squad which lacks depth and experience.
There are no proven consistent goalscorers in it despite the early form of Shola Ameobi and the fine potential of Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger.
If Steven Taylor or Fabricio Coloccini (hardly reliable) break down with injury or are transferred before the deadline next week, Newcastle's next line of defence consists of kids who have hardly played a full season worth of games in the reserves.
And should we really put our faith in the likes of flops like Geremi and Xisco elsewhere in the squad should the annual injury crisis sweep through the current roster?
A long hard winter could lie ahead once the summer sun fades.