Yates pays price for poor start with Macc sack

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

FOR­MER Chel­tenham Town cap­tain and man­ager Mark Yates has been sacked by Mac­cles­field Town.

Yates left Soli­hull Moors to take the reins at Mac­cles­field in the sum­mer af­ter for­mer boss John Askey was ap­pointed Shrews­bury Town man­ager.

How­ever, Mac­cles­field are yet to win af­ter 12 games and have picked up just four points to sit bot­tom in their first sea­son back in League Two af­ter win­ning the Na­tional League ti­tle.

They were also beaten 8-0 by West Ham in the EFL Cup last month.

Neil Howarth, who also played at Chel­tenham and was also Yates’ as­sis­tant dur­ing his time at Whad­don Road, re­mains part of the coach­ing staff and will take charge along with Danny Whi­taker un­til Mac­cles­field choose their next boss.

Mac­cles­field con­firmed Yates’ de­par­ture on their web­site.

The state­ment read: “Mark was brought in to the club dur­ing the sum­mer and de­spite a plethora in­juries to deal with, as well as an enor­mous amount of bad luck on oc­ca­sions, fought gal­lantly in a bid to lift our league po­si­tion to where we all want it to be.

“We would like to thank Mark for his ser­vices to the club and wish him the very best of luck in his fu­ture ca­reer.

“As­sis­tant Man­agers Danny Whi­taker and Neil Howarth will take charge un­til a suc­ces­sor is ap­pointed.”

Yates helped Chel­tenham go from the Con­fer­ence to League One dur­ing his five years as a player at the club and is the club’s long­est serv­ing man­ager in the Foot­ball League hav­ing been in charge be­tween 2009 and 2014, lead­ing the Robins to the League Two play-off fi­nal in 2012.

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