New assistant coach Danny Butterfield was full of compliments for his new Macclesfield squad as he looks to finish the season in style by getting the Silkmen out of their ‘false league position’.
Butterfield played out an illustrious career with multiple promotions and he has already tasted success in his young coaching career. Last season, Danny was a first team coach at MK Dons where he achieved promotion from League Two under the tutelage of Paul Tisdale.
Speaking to SilkmenTV after his appointment he said: “I was attracted to Macclesfield because of the challenge. It is a great challenge but one we believe we can overcome.
There’s a good team here, a good set of players and great staff that have done a wonderful job up until now. We feel we can contribute and that we can come in and help what is already in place.
We’ll give as much time and effort to compliment what is already here and to keep the club in the league.”
Danny played alongside new head coach Mark Kennedy at Crystal Palace, but despite their careers going separate ways, they kept in touch. When the opportunity to coach Macc came up, the Butterfield said he jumped at the chance.
He said: “I’m good friends with Mark, I played with him many moons ago. Our footballing careers went separate ways and so did both our coaching careers, but we’ve always stayed in contact, we’re always on the phone regarding football.
"Mark said that there was a possibility that he’d be given the job of Head Coach at Macclesfield and he asked if I would join him, I said yes straight away.
"I’ve worked in a first team coaching environment; I was in League Two last year with MK Dons and Sparky [Mark Kennedy] wanted me to bring me in with the knowledge to back up his coaching ability.
'I think we’ll make a good team; we can’t wait to get stuck into the challenges that are facing us.”
In his playing career, Danny helped to guide Southampton and Crystal Palace to promotion, and he says that one thing that was important during such times was the dressing room. The Silkmen’s team spirit has been clear to see every week for us supporters, and it didn’t take long for Danny to see that too soon after arriving at the club.
He said: “As a player I was always a student of the game, I was always listening to what the manager was saying, whether he was talking to me or others. I’d like to think I was a thoughtful footballer, an intelligent player, as opposed to a head it and kick it footballer, and that’s something that has drifted into my coaching.
"The biggest thing for me throughout my career is a dressing room with togetherness, where everybody is pulling in the same direction. If you have that then you’re half way to success.
"There have been problems at the football club but there’s a group of players that all pull in the same direction, and all of them are keen to be part of it. The team spirit here is incredible and they’re an honest group of lads.
"We took training this morning and there is some ability in this group! We can only work with the players that are here, we’re comfortable with the squad. Hopefully we can all prove that by keeping the club in the league.”
Macc have proved to be a team that is tough to beat but a team that can sometimes struggle to convert draws into wins. The 40-year-old said the club is in a false league position, something that he hopes he can change with a tough first game away to Colchester United.
Danny said: “Other than the points deduction, we’re in a false league position. We’ve only lost one game at home, only lost one in nine games and we’re in some good form. The previous management in Whits has done a great job over the last two games.
"I think we’re a solid outfit and we just want tweak things and add to it, we don’t want to be changing too much so that the wheels come off, we’re here to add to it so that we are successful. We’re looking forward to the Colchester game, the fixtures that are coming up are against seven or eight of the top 12 sides in the league, but that’s great!
"We’ve got to play them all at some point and we’re thoroughly looking forward to the next few games, we’re excited by what’s ahead of us and that starts at Colchester. We’re still preparing for the game, but we’ll go there with the intention of winning the game.”