Yates pays price for poor start with Macc sack
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.