Sol Campbell leaves Macclesfield three games into the new season

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 August 2019, 12:57

Sol Campbell has become the first manager to leave his post this season after he parted ways with Macclesfield Town by mutual consent.

“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,” revealed the club in a statement on Thursday.

Campbell landed his first job in management with the Silkmen back in November when the club were five points adrift at the bottom of the Football League, and seven points from safety.

With no cash to splash, and with the odds stacked firmly against him, the former England and Arsenal defender swatted away the critics and orchestrated a remarkable survival fight.

“I’m not saying it’s like Pele in Escape to Victory, but not many teams around the world have got out of a scenario like that,” he said after the final day draw at home to Cambridge, which kept the club in League Two.

Macclesfield then made a positive start to the new season. They responded to an opening day 1-0 defeat to Exeter, with a 3-0 win over Leyton Orient, followed by a victory over by Blackpool in the League Cup.

Now, after leaving his first position in the managerial arena, Big Sol revealed:

"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."

After getting his first taste of management Campbell will no doubt be eager to make a swift return to the dugout.

There’s currently a vacancy at Sheffield Wednesday up for grabs, although all signs currently point to caretaker Lee Bullen who has enjoyed a positive start at the Owls since the shock departure of Steve Bruce.

 

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