Out to im­prove

Macc chair­man Mark Blower tells of the club’s plans to give manager John Askey an­other gen­uine shot at pro­mo­tion

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

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

Matt Rat­cliffe

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Matt Rat­cliffe

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