SOL CAMPBELL has left Macclesfield Town after just eight-and-a-half months in charge at Moss Rose.
The League Two club announced the former Arsenal and England centre-back’s shock departure on Thursday.
A statement, including a message from Campbell, 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 and he has issued the following statement in light of the above –
“‘Macclesfield Town provided me with a great beginning in the managerial side of the game, as well as a fantastic learning curve which I am truly grateful for.
“‘I would like to thank all the players and staff for their support during my time at the Moss Rose and also all the loyal fans, whose belief at the end of last season ultimately played a tangible role in our success.’
“We will be making a further announcement on the appointment of a new coach as soon as possible.
“Finally, we would like to thank Sol for his time at the club – not only in helping us retain our League Two status, but also for installing a winning mentality which we now hope to build on.”
Macclesfield kicked off the new League Two season earlier this month with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Exeter City.
The Silkmen bounced back from that loss with a 3-0 win over Leyton Orient as they got their first points of the campaign on the board.
Macclesfield knocked League One leaders Blackpool out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, with a 4-2 penalties win coming after a 2-2 draw in normal time.
Next up for Macclesfield is Saturday’s trip to Northampton, with the Cobblers sat two points adrift of them in 20th.
Sol Campbell’s surprise exit comes with Macclesfield in much better footballing shape than when he took over in November 2018.
The Cheshire side were rooted to the bottom of League Two and five points adrift of safety at the time.
But Campbell led them to seven wins and 10 draws in his first 25 games in charge as they secured their spot in the Football League.