Out to improve
Macc chairman Mark Blower tells of the club’s plans to give manager John Askey another genuine shot at promotion
MACCLESFIELD Town’s season finale draw at Torquay still hangs heavily over the Moss Rose.
Bristol Rovers and Grimsby both secured their places at Wembley for the Conference play-off final, and the memory of that final day at Plainmoor is still raw; had things turned out differently it could easily have been the Silkmen booking their tickets for the final.
It was difficult to miss out on a top-five position having gone so close, but the positive aspects of the season shouldn’t be wiped out by that last day disappointment.
The Silkmen are heading in the right direction and club chairman Mark Blower believes that, after a season of progression, next year’s campaign could yield even more success.
“After such a great season it would have been fantastic to end up in the top five, but unfortunately it just wasn’t to be,” he said.
“Football is a never ending game and the hard work now starts to ensure that we can have another successful season next year.”
Following relegation to the Conference in 2012, the Silkmen’s plight was compounded by equally disappointing campaigns in which they struggled to make any kind of impact in their new division. Finishing 11th and 15th did little to suggest they were ready to mount a promotion challenge.
However, after last season’s sixth-placed finish, the prospect of promotion appears more achievable than ever next season. The club has clear intentions of getting promoted back to the Football League and has been given a greater boost financially for the forthcoming campaign in order to do so.
A financial boost will allow for greater all-round budgets for the club, it will positively influence both on and off the pitch procedures, leading to what many already believe will be a successful season for the Silkmen.
“On the financial front I am delighted to announce that we will be able to go in to next season with a substantially bigger player budget than we started with in the campaign just passed,” said Blower.
At non-league level budgets can be tight; however an overwhelming demand for season tickets from Macclesfield supporters has influenced the increased playing budget which will be used to push the team in the quest for promotion.
The season ticket sales in non-League football provide clubs with basic revenue to work from and with the greater demand at Macclesfield, Blower will return the favour by investing more to provide a better over-
‘The priority now for the club is to keep as many of this group together as possible’
all match-day experience for the fans and also provide more revenue for non-match-day facilities
●● Macc are keen to keep goalkeeper Rhys Taylor
●● Waide Fairhurst is sure to attract interest from rival clubs, but Macc are determined to keep him