Mys­tery as Sodje leaves Moss Rose

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town FC have con­firmed as­sis­tant man­ager Efe Sodje has left the club – but mys­tery sur­rounds the rea­sons why.

The for­mer right-hand­man to man­ager John Askey has not been in­volved with the club since Novem­ber last year.

But it is not un­til now that the club has con­firmed that the for­mer Nige­rian in­ter­na­tional is no longer in­volved.

Mys­tery sur­rounds what led to the 42-yearold Nige­rian’s de­par­ture, but Sodje claims he was sacked for al­legedly ‘swear­ing’ at a grounds­man at the Moss Rose.

He de­nies the claim and is now tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the club and has in­structed em­ploy­ment lawyer Mark Best­ley to re­quest an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal.

The club refuse to an­swer Mr Sodje’s claims and only is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment: “Mac- cles­field Town can to­day an­nounce that Efe Sodje has left his po­si­tion at the football club. The football club will be mak­ing no fur­ther com­ment on this mat­ter.”

Mr Sodje said he has been look­ing for a new job since Novem­ber.

He said: “It is true I am no longer in­volved with the club but I can­not go into de­tail.

“I was al­legedly ac­cused of swear­ing at the grounds­man. That led to me leav­ing the club.

“I was dis­missed in Novem­ber 2015 but it has not been made pub­lic yet.

“I will be chal­leng­ing the dis­missal and have in­structed em­ploy­ment lawyer Mark Best­ley.

“Ob­vi­ously I have been look­ing for a job since Novem­ber. My CV is out there.”

Sodje’s de­par­ture is the lat­est chap­ter in his long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club.

Sodje joined the Silk­men in 1997 when the club was pro­moted to the Football League.

Over the next two sea­sons he be­came a lo­cal leg­end, scor­ing six goals in 83 ap­pear­ances be­fore leav­ing for Lu­ton Town in 1999.

In 2013, he made a shock re­turn as as­sis­tant man­ager.

●● Efe Sodje at the Moss Rose with John Askey be­fore his de­par­ture

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