What next for Sol after Macclesfield exit?
Sol Campbell surprisingly left his role as Macclesfield manager on Thursday but does that mean he has something else lined up?
The former England international only took his first steps into management at Moss Rose in November, succeeding Mark Yates with the club marooned to the bottom of the League Two table and five points adrift of safety.
Keeping the Silkmen in the Football League looked like being an uphill task for Campbell, but safety was achieved on the final day, as a 1-1 draw with Cambridge was enough to keep them up and send Yeovil and Notts County down instead.
The new season had also seemingly started strongly for Campbell and Macclesfield, as they bounced back from an opening-day defeat to Exeter by beating Leyton Orient 3-0 on home soil and then overcoming League One high-flyers Blackpool via a penalty shootout on Tuesday.
There were certainly a lot of reasons for Macclesfield supporters to feel positive under Campbell, but it was confirmed on Thursday that he had left the club by mutual consent.
Thank you Sol!https://t.co/ChMCU9Ydzw
— Macclesfield Town (@thesilkmen) August 15, 2019
Campbell released his own personal statement thanking the club and supporters, while perhaps also indicating that he may have something else lined up.
The 44-year-old has certainly showcased his managerial credentials with Macclesfield, as he has had to deal with financial constraints during his time with the club, a fact emphasised by the ongoing winding-up petition that a number of former players have launched against the club over unpaid wages.
But where could Campbell be off to?
One possible destination is Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, who are still searching for a new permanent manager following the departure of Steve Bruce to Newcastle.
Caretaker boss Lee Bullen is currently the favourite to land the job on a permanent basis after guiding the Owls to two wins from two at the start of the Championship season, but Campbell could prove an intriguing option.
Of course, Campbell may not have something specifically lined up – he may instead by chancing his arm ahead of the usual array of managerial sackings that go on during the autumn period.
The former Arsenal defender will certainly fancy his chances of getting a job towards the top end of League One or in the Championship, as he now has proven managerial experience to go alongside the big-name pull that has worked so well for the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard over recent seasons.
As for Macclesfield, well they must now be worried about another season of struggle.
The Silkmen are certainly a more attractive proposition now than when Campbell originally took over, but they are unlikely to be able to attract a similarly big name, with managers such as Keith Hill, Graham Westley and Martin Allen more likely to be in the running.