Silk­men have new man at the helm

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town Foot­ball Club have ap­pointed a new gen­eral man­ager to help drive the club for­ward.

Rob Heys joins the Silk­men from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, where he held a sim­i­lar role for 15 years.

Mr Heys will now over­see off the field mat­ters at the Moss Rose, co­or­di­nat­ing the of­fice staff be­hind the scenes at the foot­ball club.

Dur­ing his time with Ac­cring­ton, Mr Heys played a part in guid­ing the part-time non-league foot­ball to an estab­lished Foot­ball League side.

Mr Heys said: “I am re­ally ex­cited about join­ing Mac­cles­field Town, there is a fan­tas­tic team here be­hind the scenes, and a lot of ded­i­cated peo­ple who give up their time to help out.

“The sta­dium has some re­ally good fa­cil­i­ties, and there is a fan base that is clearly pas­sion­ate about the foot­ball club.

“It is a great start­ing point to come into, and I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting stuck in and play­ing my part in keep­ing things mov­ing for­ward.

“I’ll be work­ing hard to make sure that we are as vis­i­ble as pos­si­ble in the lo­cal area, de­vel­op­ing even closer links with sup­port­ers, busi­nesses, and all in the com­mu­nity.”

Chair­man Mark Blower said he hopes Mr Heys can con­tinue the pro­gres­sion that Mac­cles­field has made over the past few sea­sons.

He said: “Rob brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence from the foot­ball world at a Club of a sim­i­lar size. I am sure he will bring in some fresh ideas that can help im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence for sup­port­ers on a match­day but also help us be­come more in­volved with the town and the sur- round­ing ar­eas.

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

Mr Heys served two spells at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley in­ter­rupted in Au­gust 2013 when he was banned from all foot­ball ac­tiv­ity for 21 months by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA) af­ter ad­mit­ting sev­eral breaches of the FA’s bet­ting rules.

Mr Heys re­places Robert Stir­ling who has left the role in Jan­uary to pur­sue a ca­reer in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Mr Stir­ling had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club in a va­ri­ety of roles in­clud­ing ticket of­fice man­ager.

Speak­ing in Jan­uary, chair­man Mark Blower said: “He has done a stel­lar job for us and im­proved the struc­ture of the club be­hind the scenes.”

●● Rob Heys has joined Mac­cles­field Town from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley

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