Mark Yates Relishing Challenge Ahead

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 21 Jun 2018

It has been a rollercoaster few days for both Mark Yates and Macclesfield Town but there is still hardly any chance to take a breath, as the new season creeps ever closer.

After heroically saving Solihull Moors from relegation last season, Yates finds himself in the unusual position of taking over a side that has just won a league title, but it is a position he is relishing and already preparing for the exciting task ahead.

After joining the club on Tuesday, Mark has added Silkmen legends Neil Howarth and Danny Whitaker to his backroom staff as Macc prepare to launch an assault in Sky Bet League Two and he’s been speaking to for the very first time after becoming manager about the challenge ahead.

“I’m delighted to be here, and I’m delighted to have got Danny and Neil on board.” Said Yates, speaking from the Moss Rose.

“We had to hold back a little, to make sure everything was done correctly but it’s exciting times.

“The club is on a high, it’s a club with momentum and we want to make sure we are starting right with recruitment and everything we do make the training ground as good as it can be. That’s what we want, to be the best we can be, to be as competitive as we can and build on the success that’s happened over the previous few years.

“It’s a little bit different coming into a club that have just won the league, but it’s the best way to be.

“There’s still lots to be done but going into League Two from the national league, it’s a step up.

“We’ve lost some players whether its willingly or they’ve gone to other clubs but now it’s about assessing the players we have and quickly assembling a recruitment drive that we think is going to work for the club and enhance the group we’ve got.”

As previously stated, Yates has added two Silkmen legends to his backroom staff, to act as assistant managers.

Neil Howarth wrote himself into Macclesfield Town folklore during his time at the Moss Rose. He captained the side in the club’s FA Trophy win at Wembley in the 1995/96 season and starred in the Silkmen’s rise up the divisions under Sammy McIlroy.

Whereas Danny Whitaker surpassed four hundred appearances for the club last season as he helped Macc return to the Football League for the first time in eleven years.

Yates also expressed his delight about securing the services of the duo.

“It was massive for me to get Danny and Neil on board.” Said Yates.

“Neil and I have worked together for nine years at previous clubs and played together so I wanted to bring him in, plus the fact he’s a Macc legend.

“He’s brilliant he’s really good for me, we know how each other work and the Macc connections is a real positive to go on top of that.

“Danny was outstanding last season. The chairman asked me if bringing him in was something I’d consider, and I was delighted at that. The more people that you’ve got connected with the club and the more people the supporters can really relate to the better!

“We’ve sat down as staff yesterday and today and we’re going to carry that on and establish what we need to do and make sure we are ready and are competitive with a physical, capable group of footballers that want to play decent football and be as good as we can.”

By Andrew Gate

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