New Macc deal for boss Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - RICHARD PART­ING­TON

JOHN Askey has agreed a new deal at Macclesfield Town. The club were keen to re­ward Askey for his per­for­mance in guiding the Silk­men to the brink of the Con­fer­ence play-offs last sea­son.

And the 50-year-old put pen-to-pa­per on a new con­tract with the club on Tues­day this week.

Askey has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Silk­men and took the job in July 2013 fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Steve King.

He guided the Silk­men to com­fort­able safety in his first sea­son, as well as a mem­o­rable FA Cup

‘We are all pleased John has agreed a new con­tract and wants to con­tinue the job he started’

Third Round re­play Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter a dif­fi­cult sum­mer be­hind the scenes in 2014, Askey and his hastilyassem­bled squad de­fied the odds and went on to launch a pro­mo­tion chal­lenge, tak­ing the race for a play-off fin­ish down

at to the wire, miss­ing out on a top five fin­ish on the last day of the cam­paign.

The Silk­men spent much of the sea­son in the play-off places and only missed out on the play­offs by one point.

Askey will now look for an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son and will spend the next few weeks look­ing to build an­other com­pet­i­tive squad for the new cam­paign.

Silk­men chair­man Mark Blower said the new con­tract was thor­oughly de­served.

He told www.mtfc.co. uk: “We are all pleased that John has agreed a new con­tract with the club and wants to con­tinue the job that he has started. He has a great affin­ity with this club and the sup­port­ers and we were keen to re­ward him for the job he did last sea­son.”

The club will now con­tinue the sum­mer re­cruit­ment drive and hope to give sup­port­ers some news re­gard­ing play­ers within the next few days.

“Since the last game of the sea­son a lot of time and ef­fort has gone into the re­cruit­ment process to make sure that we have as com­pet­i­tive a squad as pos­si­ble for next sea­son.

“Th­ese things can take time, but we are close to re-sign­ing sev­eral of the play­ers from last sea­son as well as bring­ing some new faces to the Moss Rose and there will be some news on that front shortly.”

One player re­join­ing the Silk­men County Den­nis.

Un­der con­tract at Edge­ley Park, he has been al­lowed to join Macc on loan by new Hat­ters boss Neil Young, de­spite netting 25 times in 60 games for County in the last two years.

Den­nis was re­leased by Macc five years ago as a 20-year-old and af­ter spells at Wood­ley Sports and Mossley he made his name at Cur­zon Ash­ton, scor­ing a re­mark­able 61 goals in 72 games for the Nash be­fore mov­ing to County.

He has agreed a sea­son­long loan at the Moss Rose.

is Stock­port striker Kris­tian

●● Kris­tian Den­nis

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