Sol Campbell has parted company with Macclesfield by mutual consent following eight months in charge of the League Two club.
The 44-year-old’s departure comes just two games into the new season, with the Silkmen sitting eighth on three points having beaten Leyton Orient 3-0 on Saturday.
He becomes the first manager in any of England’s top four divisions to leave his post this season.
“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,” said the former England defender.
“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.”
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A club statement read: “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.”
Two months ago, Campbell joined talkSPORT to reveal he faced serious difficulties behind the scenes at Moss Rose, where he said there was ‘non-stop drama’.
“The early days in particular were very, very difficult. Coming into this environment I had to deal with a lot of things,” he explained. “There was no structure and cohesion and absolutely no foundations in place.”
We revealed Campbell hadn’t been paid by Macclesfield for two months at that point – and the manager accused his club of disrespect.
He added: “It doesn’t matter if it’s one pound or a thousand pounds. In the end it comes down to principle and respect. Forget the amount… it’s how you’ve been treated.
“If you treat people the right way then they’ll show you that same respect back. I don’t know if respect is being fed through the club at the moment – I really don’t.”