Bury loan Sodje to Macclesfield

EFE Sodje’s five-year spell at Bury looks to be over after manager Kevin Blackwell confirmed the popular defender had been loaned to Macclesfield until the end of the season.

The 40-year-old centre-back, who has made 205 appearances and scored 14 times for Bury, was left out of the squad that drew 0-0 at Shrewsbury Town today.

And Blackwell later revealed he would officially complete the move to Moss Rose on Monday.

With Sodje’s contract at Gigg Lane running out at the end of the season, the Bury boss admitted it could well herald the end of his association with the Shakers.

“It’s always difficult for a manager to tell someone that their last game has been played for a club, or they are getting towards the end of their career, and they don’t like you to tell them that,” he said.

“Efe has got such a belief that he thinks he can keep going and I admire him for that, but sometimes, as a manager, you have to make a decision for your team, and I have had to make this decision for Bury Football Club.

“We’ve not kept many clean sheets this year and we’ve got to try and turn things around and that’s what I will try and do.”

Sodje initially joined Bury on a temporary deal on Valentine’s Day in 2008, but went on to become a mainstay in Alan Knill’s side.

After helping to steer the club away from the very real prospect of relegation from the Football League, he eventually played an important part in their promotion from League Two in 2011.

Despite turning 40 this year, the former Nigeria international, who has nine caps for his country, said at the start of this season he felt he had another five years left in him.

However, this move to Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfield, one of 10 Football League sides he has represented, may well herald the end of an 18-year career, at least in league football.

But Blackwell added: “One never knows. For a lad that’s 40 years of age and still playing professional football, you’ve got to take your hat off to him - every credit to him.”

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2:30pm Sun 27 Jan 13

nomoresurfin says...

From the moment Blackwell came to the club this has always been on the cards, for the simple reason that if things continue to go badly Efe is the obvious choice to replace Blackwell as manager.In sending Efe out on loan Blackwell is removing his most likely succesor out of the picture.If it really is the end for Efe at Gigg then I join all true Bury fans in thanking him for four unforgettable years at Bury.When they made Efe they broke the mould,a true Bury legend.
From the moment Blackwell came to the club this has always been on the cards, for the simple reason that if things continue to go badly Efe is the obvious choice to replace Blackwell as manager.In sending Efe out on loan Blackwell is removing his most likely succesor out of the picture.If it really is the end for Efe at Gigg then I join all true Bury fans in thanking him for four unforgettable years at Bury.When they made Efe they broke the mould,a true Bury legend. nomoresurfin

3:17pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Eileenshakers says...

Yes i echo your sentiments,but i also think there is little point in carrying passengers at this level.

I don't see Efe as management material myself but he may prove me wrong.

We could have used his vast knowledge of the game to better use in a coaching capacity.

We have allowed Andy Morrell to leave and that has proved a mistake.

Good luck Efe and thanks for the memories.
Yes i echo your sentiments,but i also think there is little point in carrying passengers at this level. I don't see Efe as management material myself but he may prove me wrong. We could have used his vast knowledge of the game to better use in a coaching capacity. We have allowed Andy Morrell to leave and that has proved a mistake. Good luck Efe and thanks for the memories. Eileenshakers

8:43am Mon 28 Jan 13

shakencity says...

I certainly hope Sodje isn't the next in line to become our next manager.

Sodje's been pretty dire imo for the last 18mths or so, Blackwell's made a tough but right decision.
As Eileen says, we CANNOT afford to carry passengers at this level anymore.....so Mr Healy, you know what's coming.

Thanks Efe, but it's time to call it a day!
I certainly hope Sodje isn't the next in line to become our next manager. Sodje's been pretty dire imo for the last 18mths or so, Blackwell's made a tough but right decision. As Eileen says, we CANNOT afford to carry passengers at this level anymore.....so Mr Healy, you know what's coming. Thanks Efe, but it's time to call it a day! shakencity

6:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nomoresurfin says...

shaken,the difference between Sodje and the fat fraud Healy is that while Sodje may well be past his best, he is still a good pro,has kept himself fit and is an attractive proposition to a club like Macclesfield.Healy on the other hand is a workshy wage thief who nobody in their right minds would take off our hands.Sodje leaves Gigg with the thanks of most fans for a job well done, when Healy leaves it will be to the almost unanimous jeer of good riddance
shaken,the difference between Sodje and the fat fraud Healy is that while Sodje may well be past his best, he is still a good pro,has kept himself fit and is an attractive proposition to a club like Macclesfield.Healy on the other hand is a workshy wage thief who nobody in their right minds would take off our hands.Sodje leaves Gigg with the thanks of most fans for a job well done, when Healy leaves it will be to the almost unanimous jeer of good riddance nomoresurfin

9:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Brandlesholme says...

Extremely disappointed to see Efi Sodje leave Gigg Lane. He did an incredible job for our club and deserves our grateful thanks and best wishes. I hope Kevin Blackwell will now remove the deadwood that has been gathered by Barker and Shirtliff.
Extremely disappointed to see Efi Sodje leave Gigg Lane. He did an incredible job for our club and deserves our grateful thanks and best wishes. I hope Kevin Blackwell will now remove the deadwood that has been gathered by Barker and Shirtliff. Brandlesholme

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