Feel­good fac­tor in­tact at Macc

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

NEW Macclesfield Town gen­eral manager Robert Stir­ling be­lieves the club is in a pos­i­tive place at the mo­ment de­spite just miss­ing out on the Con­fer­ence play-offs.

Stir­ling was ap­pointed as gen­eral manager ear­lier this week af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing for the club as ticket of­fice manager.

That role came from 2011 to 2012, be­fore mov­ing on to be­come a devel­op­ment manager at Langtree Group PLC.

He has now re­turned to Macclesfield on a full-time ba­sis though, and will fo­cus his at­ten­tion on over­see­ing off the field mat­ters at the Moss Rose, along with co-or­di­nat­ing a team of vol­un­teers.

Stir­ling’s ap­point­ment shows that the club is al­ready putting in plans for next sea­son, and he is ex­cited for what the fu­ture holds at the foot­ball club.

Speak­ing to the club’s of­fi­cial web­site, he said: “I am de­lighted to be back at the club.

“I have al­ways stayed in­volved in some way and when the op­por­tu­nity arose to re­turn on a full­time ba­sis I jumped at the chance.

“I think it is ex­cit­ing times at the club at the minute. De­spite just miss­ing out on a play-off spot, there is a real good feel fac­tor around the place as shown in the en­cour­ag­ing sea­son ticket sales so far.”

Macclesfield are cur­rently of­fer­ing a sea­son ticket dis­count of 15 per cent, avail­able to those who pur­chase tick­ets be­fore this week­end.

With that in mind, Stir­ling is en­cour­ag­ing sup­port­ers to pur­chase their tick­ets quickly be­fore the of­fer runs out.

“I think we are all ex­pect­ing to be busy this week as the dead­line ap­proaches. It re­ally seems like peo­ple want to come out and sup­port this club at the minute and that is good to see,” he said.

“We had a great home record last sea­son, so it is hardly sur­pris­ing that peo­ple want to come and sup­port John Askey and the team.

“But away from the foot­ball, my aim is to help the club be­come more in­volved with the com­mu­nity and make the most of the great fa­cil­i­tates we have to of­fer here.

“We want to ap­peal to more peo­ple, whether that means they at­tend a func­tion at the club or a match.

“We are mak­ing progress but there is still plenty of work ahead. But I am sure we can con­tinue to keep push­ing things for­ward.”

Club chair­man Mark Blower was the man who de­cided to hand Stir­ling this new role, and he is con­fi­dent that his ap­point­ment will be a mas­sive suc­cess.

He said: “It is great to have Robert on board to sup­port me, but im­por­tantly him and his team of vol­un­teers are there to help pro­vide fans with the ser­vice and match ex­pe­ri­ence they are look­ing for.”

League One side Rochdale will make the trip down the M60 for a pre-sea­son clash with Macclesfield Town at the Mose Rose Sta­dium, July 18th, kick-off at 3pm.

Rochdale fin­ished eighth in League One in the 2014/15 cam­paign, nar­rowly miss­ing out on the play-offs af­ter a late dip in form which saw them pick up just one league win in their last six games.

It was a very sim­i­lar end­ing to the Silk­men’s sea­son, as one victory in their last six saw them fin­ish ag­o­nis­ingly close to the fi­nal play-off spot.

●● Mark Blower

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