John Askey On Steve Watson Departure

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 10 Oct 2017

Boss John Askey has spoken to Silkmen TV after Steve Watson left the Football Club.

Assistant manager Watson has left Moss Rose in favour of a move to Gateshead in order to become the club’s new manager.

Watson had previous coaching experience with the likes of Birmingham and Huddersfield Town before joining the Silkmen and will now take the step-up to manage a team for the first time.

The search now starts for John Askey to find a new assistant. He spoke earlier to mtfc.co.uk on Steve’s departure.

He said: “It’s a shame to be losing Steve but we all wish him well. It’s a great opportunity for him, I feel Gateshead are underachieving with the players they’ve got. He wanted to go into management and it’s as good a job as he could’ve got.

“It’s pleasing in some ways that we’ve done well and given somebody a chance to progress their career, so from the football clubs point of view it’s a good thing although we would’ve like Steve to have stayed.

“With anybody who comes in we’re quite open and we allow people to show what they can do and it was the same with Steve. He came in and had to get used to us and our ways. He’s done that and hopefully he’s taken something with him whilst being with us.

“If he can do well at Gateshead then I’m sure he can get a more lucrative job in the future.”

The Silkmen now must turn their attentions to Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Stourbridge and two tricky league games against Dagenham & Redbridge and Leyton Orient but John Askey says it’s not about the goings on behind the scenes, it’s all about the players.

“We’ve got some tough fixtures coming up but the players are confident and at the end of the day it’s all about the players. It’s not about coaches and managers, it’s about getting them right on the pitch.”

By Andrew Gate

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