Former Macclesfield Town boss Sammy McIlroy believes that John Askey is the man to bring successful times back to Moss Rose.
The club legend, who is best known across footballing circles for his spell in a Manchester United shirt, will always be remembered by Macclesfield fans as the man who brought success like no other during his seven-year spell with the club.
A victory in the FA Trophy at Wembley, two Conferences titles, and a promotion to England’s third tier all awaited The Silkmen between 1993 and 2000. Current Premier League leaders Manchester City, Stoke and big-spending Fulham all found their visit to Moss Rose a challenging encounter.
However, fast forward 20-years, Macclesfield Town sit top of the fifth tier once again under the guidance of one of McIlroy’s former players.
The 1-0 victory over Chester on Easter Monday put Askey’s men nine points clear of closest rivals Sutton and McIlroy says the manager deserves all the success coming his way at the club.
He said: “John was a fantastic player. I used to call him the silent assassin - because he went about his business in such a quiet manner.
“Time and time again he did it for us when it mattered, and it was that calm personality that made him what he was in the end. He really is, and should be known as, Mr Macclesfield.
“I’ve always been there to offer him advice when I can. When they lost 6-0 to Fylde, I messaged him and said: ‘John, you’ve been here before. We had a similar result when we won the title together in 98 and we went on to do what we did.’ He needs to learn from his own experiences and use them as a benchmark.
“He was a great player and he is a very nice man. No-one deserves to be given the honourable club legend status quite like him.”
By Steven Dale.