Bud­get boost and new deal for boss

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MACCLESFIELD Town club chair­man Mark Blower has re­vealed there will be a size­able trans­fer bud­get avail­able this sum­mer – and he wants John Askey at the helm to spend it.

The Silk­men just missed out on the Con­fer­ence play-off spots by one po­si­tion, and Blower hopes that an in­creased bud­get can help his side go one step bet­ter next time around.

“I am de­lighted to say that we will be able to go in to next sea­son with a sub­stan­tially big­ger player bud­get than we started the 2014/15 sea­son with,” he said.

“The sup­port­ers have played a big part in this with their fan­tas­tic re­sponse to sea­son tick- ets so far. Sea­son ticket sales are set to com­fort­ably ex­ceed the num­ber that we reached last year and not only will this ben­e­fit the play­ing bud­get, but it is sure to give us the best pos­si­ble chance of con­tin­u­ing our for­mi­da­ble record at the Moss Rose.

“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.

“Foot­ball is a never end­ing game and the hard work now starts to en­sure we can have an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son next year.

“The pri­or­ity for the club is to keep as many of this group of play­ers to­gether as pos­si­ble and we will be an­nounc­ing the ‘re­tained list’ over the com­ing days.

“Of course a cru­cial part of keep­ing that mo­men­tum go­ing in to next sea­son, is re­tain­ing John Askey as first-team manager.

“He has un­der­stand­ably been linked with a num­ber of other jobs, but I’m sure he feels the job is un­fin­ished at the Moss Rose and he has rightly been of­fered an en­hanced con­tract.” Full in­ter­view on pages 74 and 75

‘I’m sure John feels the job is un­fin­ished and he has rightly been of­fered an en­hanced con­tract’

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● John Askey has been of­fered an ‘en­hanced con­tract’ to stay at the Moss Rose

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