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Silkmen Announce New Coaching Team

19 August 2019

Macclesfield Town are delighted to confirm that Daryl McMahon has agreed to become our new Head Coach and has signed a contract that will run until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

The 35-year-old will be assisted by Steve Gritt and Danny Whitaker.

Daryl enjoyed a thirteen year playing career, which saw him amass over three hundred and fifty appearances as a tenacious and committed midfielder.

After playing for an array of local sides, the Dubliner achieved his break in 1998 when he moved to England to join the youth ranks at West Ham United.

It proved to be an illustrious grounding at Upton Park, as Daryl was quickly spotting by his national side - for whom, he appeared at a variety of youth levels.

After a loan spell at Torquay United, Daryl moved to Port Vale and then on to Leyton Orient back in 2004.

Daryl helped The O's to League Two promotion two years later, before moving to Stevenage in 2007 - where more silverware was to follow in the form of an FA Trophy winners medal.

Moves to Cambridge United, Farnborough, Boreham Wood, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic ensued, before Daryl first arrived at Ebbsfleet United in 2013.

He made sixty-six appearances for The Fleet during a two-year period at Stonebridge Road, before a brief spell back at Boreham Wood completed his playing career.

After temporarily occupying the managerial hot-seat at Ebbsfleet in 2014, Daryl was named as the club's permanent manager the following year.

Widely-regarded as one of the most promising up and coming managers outside the EFL, Daryl secured two consecutive second place finishes in the National League South - with the latter seeing The Fleet enjoy promotion glory following a play-off final victory over Chelmsford City in 2017.

In his first season in English football's fifth tier, Daryl masterminded the Kent side reaching the National League play-offs - which was a phenomenal achievement given that it was their first year back at that level.

Ultimately they were to be eliminated by Tranmere Rovers - yet Daryl gained much admiration from the footballing world in general, for what represented a hugely impressive season.

He left Stonebridge Road in November 2018 and then became a regular face on BT Sport, as part of their National League coverage.

Daryl is incredibly passionate and we are all excited to announce him as our new Head Coach.

Steve Gritt brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the Moss Rose, after a playing career which spanned eighteen years and a managerial career which has lasted almost three decades.

After starting out at Bournemouth, Steve then moved to Charlton Athletic where he remained for sixteen years - other than a brief spell at Walsall in 1989.

Steve was named as joint player-manager at The Valley in 1991 and alongside Alan Curbishley, he helped lay the foundations for the successes of the late 1990's and went on to be named in sole charge of Brighton and Hove Albion in 1996.

After helping The Seagulls avoid what seemed to be inevitable relegation, Steve then moved to Millwall before returning to The Valley as part of the club's academy management.

Most recently, Steve has been Assistant Manager at Ebbsfleet United, where he nurtured an incredibly successful and vibrant working relationship with our new Head Coach, Daryl McMahon.

Danny Whitaker needs no introduction to the Moss Rose faithful - he is universally adored by everyone at the club and will also see an increase to his level of responsibility under the new coaching setup.

After an illustrious playing career with The Silkmen, Danny's passion and commitment has never wavered - and neither has his incredible amount of energy in everything that he does.

We are delighted that Danny will be continuing his career with us, as an incredibly well-respected part of Daryl's new team.

We would like to wish Daryl, Steve and Danny every success during the 2019/20 campaign.


We will be hearing from Daryl, Steve and Danny about the new coaching set-up very soon - so keep checking back here at


A press conference will be held on Thursday afternoon, which will involve all three members of our new coaching team.

Media representatives are asked to email Bob Trafford - for further details.

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