Silkmen in need of strengthening
MACCLESFIELD manager John Askey insists the club needs to sign at least six more players if they want to challenge for promotion again this season.
The Silkmen narrowly missed out on the Conference play-offs during the last campaign, finishing one place and one point outside the top five.
Askey had hoped to go one better with his team this time around, but he admits the squad isn’t currently near what it should be.
“We’ve not really assem- bled a squad as of yet and the problem is that we haven’t got any money so where these players will come from I don’t know,” he said.
“We need to add more players and when we get towards the end of pre- season then we will know what kind of squad we have got.
“Obviously we need another goalkeeper and a few centre-halves too. I would like to sign a centre forward and another midfielder as well, so we probably need another six players.”
Macclesfield have been back in pre-season training over the past couple of weeks, and Askey is glad to have his team back in after the summer break.
“It’s another season coming up and another challenge, so it’s always something that you look forward to,” he said.
“During the start of preseason it’s just a matter of getting everybody in again so hopefully the training that we do in the next few weeks will stand us in good stead.”
Askey is well known for having a big influence on his team, and one player who shares that view is Danny Rowe.
The attacking-midfielder signed a new deal at the Moss Rose ahead of the forthcoming campaign, and he says the manager’s faith in him helped him make his mind up.
‘’I was confident that John was going to sign, that was the main reason
‘The problem is we haven’t got any money, so where these players will come from I don’t know’
for me signing,” said Rowe. “My situation is different to other players, but he knows what I need to do to progress as a player and help the club, I have my complete trust in him.
‘’It felt different joining last season, John helped to put a lot of confidence back in me and that showed in my football, I play best when I’m confident as well and this shows on the pitch.
“This time around it will be different, I won’t be playing catch up on fitness and I will get into my stride straight away hopefully and then go from there.
“I did receive other offers but I have to be here at Macclesfield as this is where I will progress most.
‘The dressing room last season was great and we were unfortunate not to make the playoffs, but this season we can only progress.’’
●● John Askey