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Gary Whild: "Nothing Fazes Us"

1 September 2020

Experienced assistant manager Gary Whild cannot wait to get started at Macclesfield Town as the new management team of himself, Tim Flowers and Danny Whitaker embark on a new era at the Club.

Arriving at the Moss Rose alongside new First Team Manager Tim Flowers, Gary boasts a wealth of non-league experience and knowledge at both ends of the National League table. They reunite after being part Mark Yates’ coaching staff that helped to guide Solihull Moors to safety in the 2017/18 season. A run of 12 wins in 29 matches kept Solihull in the National League that season, securing safety by six points.

“We were dead and buried,” Gary said, “I think we were 13 points adrift at Christmas and we were marooned at the bottom of the League, but I think we were the only people who thought we could stay up."

"We managed to do that which was a fantastic achievement for myself and Tim. Tim won the Premier League with Blackburn but he’ll tell you that keeping Solihull in the division is right up there with that achievement.”

Manager Mark Yates left Solihull to join the Silkmen, so Tim and Gary grasped the opportunity of managing The Moors with both hands. In that season, the club achieved its best ever league finish, coming second with 86 points. Promotion via the play-offs proved a bridge too far, but the pair learned valuable lessons in reviving a club.

Gary said: “Mark Yates left to come here, so Tim and myself took over management of the team. I think the Chairman at the start of the season said that he’d be happy if we weren’t relegated, but we ended up finishing second and chasing Leyton Orient right down to the wire which was fantastic. It was a massive turnaround."

"After what we inherited there then nothing will faze us too much because, without wanting to be unkind, it was a horrendous situation at the time. Now, we’re looking forward to the challenge here at Macclesfield. We know the club, it’s a lovely little club and I’ve always thought that when I’ve come to the Moss Rose. We can’t wait to get started.”


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