No panic buying
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey is planning on biding his time in the transfer window as he looks to make additions to his squad.
The Silkmen have managed to retain a lot of their existing team ahead of the next campaign, but still hope to sign new players in the coming weeks.
While a lot of the other teams in the division have already been raiding the market, Askey insists he won’t be doing the same.
“We won’t be jumping in to sign players too quickly because we believe we can get better quality players by waiting a little while. In the past we have done quite well with that,” he said.
“I’m sure there are players out there who are hoping that they will get contracts with other clubs and they miss out, so they then become available. It’s just about waiting to see who becomes available and hopefully they will be successful for us.”
Askey, right, was very vocal at the end of the last season about his concerns for the club’s transfer budget, believing that the team may struggle if finances aren’t improved.
The Silkmen boss now feels that his worries have been answered, and was full of praise for those who have backed the team during a recent special event for sponsors at the football club.
“Things are looking good at the minute. At times things come across as gloom and doom, but I say these things sometimes just to get a reaction so that people are aware of the situation we are in,” he said.
“I think we are as strong as we have been for a number of years and it is far from doom and gloom.
“The sponsors evening was about letting people know that we are grateful for their support. It wasn’t a case of us getting the begging bowl out, it was just about showing that we appreciate the work of these local people.
“Without these people, we wouldn’t have a football club and the football club plays a massive part in the town.
“It was a fantastic evening and well done to Dan Ackerley who is doing a great job with the commercial side for organising it.”
Askey’s attention will soon turn to pre-season, as the team prepares for another year in the National League where they will hope to improve on their 10th place finish during the last campaign.
●● Youngsters taking part in the Big Coach and Fundraising day at Macclesfield Cricket Club. See page 71