In­vest in suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey hopes that his side’s ex­po­sure in the FA Tro­phy fi­nal could lead to some fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment into the club.

The Silk­men will try to clinch sil­ver­ware this week­end when they take on York City in the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley. Mac­cles­field have re­ceived good pub­lic­ity af­ter mak­ing it this far in the com­pe­ti­tion, and Askey wants that to

‘The big hope is that the ex­po­sure at­tracts in­vest­ment in the club’

have a pos­i­tive im­pact.

“The big hope is that the ex­po­sure we’ve had as a club from reach­ing the FA Tro­phy fi­nal at­tracts in­vest­ment in the club,” he told the Mac­cles­field Ex­press. “Hope­fully some- one will come in who is pre­pared to spend money, but that is de­pen­dent on the owner be­ing pre­pared to let the club go.

“We have made a profit this year and when I took over as man­ager we were £500,000 in debt – we have cleared that debt now.

“We have usual bills coming in for gas and elec­tric­ity, but other than that we owe noth­ing, so that is an achieve­ment in it­self.

“Hope­fully peo­ple will see that, iden­tify us as a nice club in Cheshire that, if some­one was pre­pared to get hold of it, has a lot of po­ten­tial.

“We’re see­ing now the likes of For­est Green and Fylde – not as at­trac­tive a propo­si­tion as Mac­cles­field – yet peo­ple have gone in to those clubs and in­vested mil­lions.

“So you would hope that, with all the money that is around in Cheshire, there is some­one out there who en­joys their foot­ball and wants to get hold of a foot­ball club.”

Askey has plenty of ideas what he would like to do with better fi­nan­cial back­ing, and a re-in­tro­duc­tion of youth teams is high on his pri­or­ity list.

“The fu­ture for Mac­cles­field Town used to be the de­vel­op­ment of our own tal­ent stream – but now we only have the first team,” he said.

“We had a lot of suc­cess with our youth team and the num­ber of young play­ers we sold brought in a lot of money for the club. But when we dropped out of the Foot­ball League that all went.

“The last player to come through was Paul Lewis, who we sold this year. For any sports club you have got to have kids coming through. Not only in terms of de­vel­op­ment, but also as the next gen­er­a­tion of sup­port­ers, even fu­ture directors. It’s im­por­tant at any club to have a youth pol­icy.”

John Askey with the FA Tro­phy

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