Sol Campbell has left Macclesfield Town despite their promising start to the season.
The former Arsenal and England defender has said goodbye to his players this morning, less than 48 hours after they knocked Blackpool out of the EFL Cup.
He’s been in charge of the Silkmen for less than ten months, steering them away from the relegation places despite working under tight financial conditions.
This season they’ve opened with three points from their opening two matches, beating Leyton Orient 3-0 at the weekend.
A club statement read: ‘Macclesfield Town can confirm that after eight months with the club and successfully leading us to League Two safety last season, we have mutually agreed to part ways with manager Sol Campbell.
‘This has been conducted in the most amicable of ways and there has been total transparency between the club and Sol regarding the challenges which face lower league clubs such as Macclesfield Town.
‘We have a very competitive squad in place, as demonstrated by our opening games of the new season and this certainly bodes well for the future.
‘Sol’s passion, drive and football knowledge will always be remembered at the Moss Rose with fondness.”
It’s understood that the 44-year-old, along with his assistant Hermann Hreidarsson had not been paid for months.
It’s such a shame for the Silkmen, Campbell was doing a stellar job. He’s got them playing nice football and they looked to be in with a shout of mid-table mediocrity this season, a real achievement for them.
I think this is the first action of their eventual collapse. Attention has been on Bury and Bolton, but Macc have been in dire trouble for some time.
The likelihood is that storm clouds are around the corner, something that those in the know have been aware of for some time.
As for Campbell, his efforts at Moss Rose should be a precursor for another chance in management.