Sol Campbell was not paid for final FOUR MONTHS as Macclesfield boss as cash-strapped Silkmen eye Barnet’s Darren Currie as replacement

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SOL CAMPBELL was not paid for the final FOUR MONTHS he spent as Macclesfield boss.

The Arsenal and England legend rescued the ailing League Two side from almost certain relegation last season.

Sol Campbell left Macclesfield Town by mutual consent after just eight months in charge
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And the Silkmen were on a roll after a 3-0 win over Orient was followed up by a penalty shootout triumph at Blackpool in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup.

But Campbell, 44, has had to work under testing circumstances during his eight months at the helm and quit after less than a year in charge.

He, his players and staff have not been paid a number of times — and his patience finally ran out with the club’s owner Amar Alkadhi. Macc faced a FOURTH winding-up petition in FOUR MONTHS on Wednesday from ex-players still owed money — which has been adjourned until September 11.

The cash-strapped club are now eyeing Barnet’s Darren Currie as a replacement, with former Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon thought to be another contender.

Campbell — in his first foray into football management — genuinely embraced working in the lower reaches of the game.

He even had Newcastle and Manchester United hero Andy Cole in on a part-time basis coaching the strikers.

He’s been a breath of fresh air at Macclesfield. He got the best out of the players and was a pleasure to work for.


Koby Arthur on Sol Campbell

Although frustrated by not being able to take players away on a mini pre-season camp and sometimes having to travel to matches on the day of the game, he remained patient. But SunSport believes the owner’s lack of ambition and inability to back Campbell led to him deciding that it was best to part ways.

Campbell was of the opinion that if Alkadhi could back him properly, he could achieve far more than just keeping Macclesfield’s heads above water.

He certainly proved his worth by dragging the club from seven points adrift of safety to a last-day relegation escape.

The departure left Macclesfield players stunned.

Midfielder Koby Arthur, 23, had not been told and learned the news through SunSport.

When asked about Campbell’s exit, he said: “What? He’s gone? Oh my god, I didn’t know that. That is incredible. I’m shocked. He was really happy on Tuesday night when we won at Blackpool. He’s been a breath of fresh air at Macclesfield. He got the best out of the players and was a pleasure to work for. I’m so sad he’s leaving. That’s terrible.”

Often when an ex-Premier League star drops into the hustle and bustle of League Two football, it can be a shock.

FULL MACCLESFIELD STATEMENT

“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.”


But Campbell always insisted he loved it as it took him back to his roots. Yet Sol — who also starred for Tottenham and Portsmouth — wanted to challenge at the top end of the table.

It is the second time he has walked out on a League Two club. He quit Notts County as a player after just ONE game when Sven-Goran Eriksson was director of football.

SunSport contacted Campbell but he could not be reached.

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