Boss delighted by supporters’ funding boost
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey has expressed his delight after the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust and a local businessman teamed up to increase his side’s transfer budget.
Askey had made it clear in recent weeks that there was no money remaining in the budget, making it extremely difficult for him to make signings that would improve the squad.
The extra funding available to him now changes that, as seen with the capture of former West Ham United midfielder Danny Whitehead.
“It is fantastic that people have got together to boost the playing budget and I am very thankful for it,” he said.
“Danny has shown his ability in pre-season and he fits in to what we are trying to do. It is a very good signing for us and it has been made possible by this extra help.
“It was important that we got him and it shows that the supporters are behind us, so for them to contribute is really pleasing.”
Macclesfield’s National League campaign gets underway this weekend when they travel to Torquay United.
It comes after a busy pre-season schedule, and Askey believes the players are champing at the bit to get going.
“I’m really looking for- ward to it. I think the players have had enough of training by now and just want to get on with it,” he said.
“We will hopefully have one or two more players back for the game which will make us stronger, but obviously a big disappointment was losing Curtis Haynes-Brown against Congleton, and it looks like he will be out for a while.”
The Silkmen picked up a convincing 7-1 win over Congleton last weekend, and Askey admits it was close to a perfect performance.
“It was exactly what we had hoped for and I thought we played some really good football at times,” he said.
“We’ve had some tough games over pre-season but against Congleton everything seemed to come together nicely.
“It was a game at home and that meant the pitch was good and you could see that with how quickly we passed the ball.
“It was pleasing to see some goals going in as well as the supporters have certainly been waiting a while.”
Askey’s attention will now be on getting his team ready for Saturday’s game against Torquay at Plainmoor.
The Silkmen ended their previous campaign at the same stadium earlier this year, narrowly missing out on the playoffs after being held to a 1-1 draw.
Louis Briscoe had given the home side the lead, before Waide Fairhurst equalised during the second-half.
Macc couldn’t find a winner though, meaning they missed out on a spot in the coveted top five by just one point.
‘It’s fantastic that people have got together to boost the budget’
●● John Askey, pictured with assistant Efe Sodje, has thanked supporters for their help in boosting the club’s transfer funds