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Whits: "I'm Looking Forward To It"

18 January 2020

Danny Whitaker is looking forward to working alongside Mark Kennedy, after the latter was appointed as the new Macclesfield Town Head Coach on Thursday.

Following Daryl McMahon's departure on January 2nd, Whitaker took caretaker-charge for the home games against Cambridge United and Oldham Athletic - where the Silkmen picked up four points from a possible six.

The 39-year-old will assist Kennedy alongside Danny Butterfield, and our "Magic Man" shared his initial thoughts on the recent transformation to the coaching team.

He said: “Yeah, all change again. We’ve been here before haven’t we. So yeah, luckily I know Mark [Kennedy] from his time before, although it was short and sweet but I got to know him very well.

“I got on with him very well so I am looking forward to working with him and Danny [Butterfield] also.”

Whitaker admitted that he was a little disappointed to have not been given the top job, but is respectful of the decision that was made and now determined to crack on with his role.

“I’m not going to lie – I do think I am ready and would be able to give it a great shot given the opportunity.

“But obviously I’ve got to respect the decision from the owner on what he wants to do and who sees as the new Head Coach.

"Yeah, I’ve just to get on with it really which I am going to do and look forward to working with Mark and Danny in the process.”

Whitaker went on to heap praise on the former Manchester City winger and the fresh ideas that he can bring to the Football Club.

“I know Mark quite well. I loved his ideas, his thought process and the way he goes about his business on the training field. He’s absolutely brilliant and his knowledge is second-to-none.

“So I am excited to learn more from him this time around and also Danny Butterfield as well.

"He’s got lots of experience and he’s also equally a good coach so yeah I’m looking forward to it.”

Macclesfield make the trip to face in-form Colchester United at this afternoon in what will be Kennedy’s first game at the helm and Whitaker believes that we will go into the clash with full of confidence.

“To be fair, there are no easy game in this league. Obviously it’s a stop-over so it’s not ideal, but you’ve just got to get on with it.

“We go into it full of confidence really because we’re not in bad form. We’re not in bad shape so yeah it’s one to look forward to.”

Lastly, the former Silkmen midfielder commented on the team spirit within the group players and insists that they have stuck at the job in hand in recent weeks.

”You can see that with the performances that the players have put in on the pitch.

"With all the issues surrounding the club, the off-field issues that could potentially cause problems and derail the team spirit on the pitch.

"But they’ve stuck at it and it just goes to highlight our team spirit and togetherness. It has shown through the results.”

 

By Kieran King.


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