Following his appointment on Friday, we spoke to Tim Flowers for the first time as First Team Manager of Macclesfield Town.
Tim spoke at length to the situation the Club finds itself in and explained why this was the right move for him - despite numerous other offers since leaving Solihull Moors earlier this year.
“I am very excited,” he said.
“The club has, I think it has been well documented, been doubly unlucky to have been relegated from League Two, so to be given the opportunity to come in is wonderful for me.
“I have been out of the game for six months or so since leaving Solihull Moors and I have had one or two options to get back in that haven’t quite been right for me at the time.
“Obviously, I saw this one had become available and am lucky enough to be sat in front of you today, so I am looking forward to it!”
The new Manager understands that other clubs are further ahead in terms of preparation for the upcoming campaign but vowed to work tooth and nail to ensure we would be ready for the new season.
He will be joined at the Club by former Solihull Moors Assistant Gary Whild, whilst Danny Whitaker’s assistance as First Team Coach lends a sense of familiarity to the coaching team.
“I am under no illusions as to what it is going to take, because currently just over four weeks from kick off we haven’t got one player under the door; we haven’t got one fixture.
“So, there is a hell of a lot to be done in a short period of time. Gary Whild who has come in with me, was my assistant from Solihull, and Danny Whitaker, thankfully is going to stay and be my First Team Coach, which is great news for everyone at the club.
“I have got a lot of work to do in a very short period of time with limited resources.”
Despite recognising the immediate challenges of his new position, Tim likened the situation to that of Solihull upon joining the Moors in 2017.
Identifying the right players was crucial to turning his former clubs’ fortunes, and Tim hopes to call on a similar recruitment strategy at the Silkmen.
“Let’s be transparent, that is where we are at; but I will quantify that by saying when I walked through the door at Solihull it was a very similar situation.
“The team was bottom of the National League after nineteen odd games, marooned by about 12/13 points, we stayed up that season on the penultimate game by winning at Tranmere to secure our survival and the following year finished runners-up.
“There was a turnover of players, which you would expect, but right now the challenge is to get a squad of fifteen, sixteen players with some pedigree with not a lot, if I’m honest.
“I want a tight, lean, hard-working, committed bunch of lads who will go through a brick wall on a Saturday and a Tuesday for the next eight or nine months, get this Football Club back on an even keel, and plan with diligence for the future.”
Whilst it would be premature to set tangible targets as far as next season is concerned, Tim vows to give his all to his new position at the Silkmen and push to achieve a more stable footing for the Football Club.
“I am delighted to be here and I want to assure people that whatever happens, I will give it everything I have got to try and stabilise and get this Club back to normality and back to where hopefully we belong in the EFL.
“I don’t know how long that will take, but I am bang up for the scrap.”