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Mark Kennedy Named As New Head Coach

16 January 2020

Macclesfield Town are delighted to announce that former Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Republic of Ireland international Mark Kennedy has joined the club as our new Head Coach.

The likeable Irishman has agreed an initial deal until the end of the 2019/20 campaign and will be assisted by former Crystal Palace and Southampton defender Danny Butterfield, together with our very own "Magic Man" Danny Whitaker.

Mark began his career at Millwall and from there moved to Liverpool in a deal which made him the most expensive teenager in British football history.

At home either at left back or on the left wing, Kennedy made sixteen appearances for The Reds, before moving to Manchester City after several loan deals.

Mark helped City return to the Premier League in his first season at the club and went on to make sixty-six appearances in light blue, before switching to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Once again, Mark enjoyed promotion to the Premier League - scoring the opening goal in Wolves' 3 - 0 Play-Off Final victory over Sheffield United back in 2003.

Kennedy made 174 appearances at Molineux over a five year period, before turning out for Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town towards the end of his career.

Mark was also capped by the Republic of Ireland on thirty-four occasions, although he was unfortunately ruled out of the 2002 World Cup through injury.

The Irishman retired from the playing side of the game back in 2012 and since hanging up his boots has committed himself to pursuing a coaching career within the game.

Initially joining the backroom set-up at Portman Road, Mark went on to become a highly respected Academy Coach back at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City.

He assisted Sol Campbell here at the Moss Rose for a short period last season and most recently, took charge of the Under 23s squad at Wolves.

Mark is a passionate and incredibly well-respected figure, who we are delighted to be able to welcome to the club.

Danny Butterfield began his career at Grimsby Town and after working his way up through the youth ranks, went on to make well over one hundred appearances for The Mariners between 1997 and 2002.

The tenacious defender then made the move to Selhurst Park, by joining Crystal Palace in 2002.

Quickly emerging as a fan's favourite, Danny played an integral part in The Eagles' return to the Premier League via the Championship Play-Off Final back in 2004.

After a brief loan spell at Charlton Athletic in 2009, Danny returned to Palace before making the move to Hampshire to join Southampton the following year.

Once again, Danny experienced promotion glory, as he helped The Saints claim promotion from League One during his first season at St Mary's.

After a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, Butterfield was released by Southampton in the summer of 2013 and subsequently spent a short spell at Carlisle United, before heading south once more - this time to join Exeter City.

Danny made sixty-nine appearances for The Grecians, before calling time on what was undoubtedly a highly-illustrious career.

Since then, Danny has enjoyed roles as the Assistant Manager of Southampton's under 18s side and also First Team Coach at MK Dons - where he achieved promotion from League Two under the tutelage of Paul Tisdale back in 2018.

Danny Whitaker needs no introduction to the Silkmen faithful of course.

After making his debut for the club back in 2001, Danny amassed well over 400 appearances for the club during two spells which spanned a nineteen-year period.

He is universally adored by players, staff and fans alike, bringing passion and energy into everything he does.

We would like to wish Mark, Danny Butterfield and Danny Whitaker every success for the remainder of the campaign.

We will be hearing from all three coaches about the new set-up very soon - so keep checking back here at www.mtfc.co.uk

A full press conference with Mark is scheduled for Monday afternoon and accredited media representatives are asked to email Bob Trafford (press@mtfc.co.uk) for further details.


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