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Mark: "We Have Been Very Fortunate To Inherit A Strong Group"

25 January 2020

Head Coach Mark Kennedy is expecting another tough test when his Macclesfield Town side take on play-off chasing Forest Green Rovers at the Moss Rose tomorrow afternoon.

This will be Mark’s third game in charge of the Silkmen following his appointment on January 16th and the 43-year-old has really enjoyed his first week at the helm.

He said: “It’s been really good. Really enjoyed it. It’s been great to get to know the lads a little bit more. Training has been really good.

“Small difficulties we’ve had, which is nobody’s fault which I’ve mentioned. Our days are quite low level because we always seem to be on our second day of recovery or matchday minus one.

“But it’s been really, really good. Great reaction from the lads. I have been very conscious not to bog them down with too much detail and information. The transition has been smooth and we’re really pleased.”

Macclesfield suffered a narrow defeat and picked up a well-earned 1-1 draw in Mark’s opening two matches at the club and he believes that it may take time for him to implement his style on the group of players after what has been a busy schedule.

“I’ve said before, normally when you go into a club, something is wrong. Normally the results and performances etc.

“So we’ve been very fortunate that we’ve inherited a strong group who are playing well and are doing well in the league. They are where they are through various situations which we are aware of. In terms of where the group is at; it’s been really, really good.

“We’ve come into a stabilised group of players from a football perspective so that’s been positive. But I’m not the previous coach and not the one before that.

“I am who I am and I know what I want to do. We are all different human beings, with different philosophies and styles so it will take time to implement my blueprint.”

Opponents Forest Green boast the division’s best away record having only lost three of their fourteen matches on their travels, but Mark insisted that it’s still a game his side are expected to win and must equip themselves in the best possible way.

“It's another excellent side that we’re playing. They play a fantastic brand of football and are doing well in the league.

"They have one a fantastic job there to have come to where they have been in the last few years, to rise up through the league’s.

“We are playing a very, very tough team. But again, I said against Crewe – it’s a game we are expected to win – and a game I expect us to equip ourselves very well in.”

After the Silkmen secured a deal with Egerton Youth Club as their training base until the end of the season, Mark has been impressed with the facilities and praised the hard work that the club have put in to conclude the deal.

“I’ve got to thank Tobias and the owner for that because I know they have worked really hard on it. One of the big things for me coming to the club was having a training base.

“I was quite disappointed for the group when they left even though I didn’t work here at the time. It’s an outstanding facility. When I first came here, back in December 2018, I was actually pleasantly surprised that they actually had a such a good facility to work at.

“It’s a fantastic training ground facility for us to work with. We’ve got everything we need to succeed here.”

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