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First Team Management

Mark Kennedy - Head Coach

Macclesfield Town were delighted to announce that former Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers

and Republic of Ireland international Mark Kennedy agreed a deal to become our new Head Coach back in January 2020.

The likeable Irishman has agreed an initial deal until the end of the 2019/20 campaign and will be assisted

by former Crystal Palace and Southampton defender Danny Butterfield, together with our very

own "Magic Man" Danny Whitaker.

 

Mark began his career at Millwall and from there moved to Liverpool in a deal which made him the

most expensive teenager in British football history.

 

At home either at left back or on the left wing, Kennedy made sixteen appearances for The Reds,

before moving to Manchester City after several loan deals.

 

Mark helped City return to the Premier League in his first season at the club and went on to make

sixty-six appearances in light blue, before switching to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Once again, Mark enjoyed promotion to the Premier League - scoring the opening goal in

Wolves' 3 - 0 Play-Off Final victory over Sheffield United back in 2003.

 

 

Kennedy made 174 appearances at Molineux over a five year period, before turning out for

Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town towards the end of his career.

 

Mark was also capped by the Republic of Ireland on thirty-four occasions, although he was

unfortunately ruled out of the 2002 World Cup through injury.

 

The Irishman retired from the playing side of the game back in 2012 and since hanging up

his boots has committed himself to pursuing a coaching career within the game.

 

Initially joining the backroom set-up at Portman Road, Mark went on to become a highly

respected Academy Coach back at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City.

 

He assisted Sol Campbell here at the Moss Rose for a short period last season and

most recently, took charge of the Under 23s squad at Wolves.

 

Mark is a passionate and incredibly well-respected figure, who we were delighted to be

able to welcome to the club.

 

Sponsors: Home Kit: Available. Away Kit: Available.

 

Danny Butterfield - Assistant Coach

Danny Butterfield began his career at Grimsby Town and after working his way up through

the youth ranks, went on to make well over one hundred appearances for The Mariners

between 1997 and 2002.

The tenacious defender then made the move to Selhurst Park, by joining Crystal Palace in 2002.

Quickly emerging as a fan's favourite, Danny played an integral part in The Eagles' return

to the Premier League via the Championship Play-Off Final back in 2004.

After a brief loan spell at Charlton Athletic in 2009, Danny returned to Palace before making

the move to Hampshire to join Southampton the following year.

Once again, Danny experienced promotion glory, as he helped The Saints claim promotion

from League One during his first season at St Mary's.

After a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, Butterfield was released by Southampton in the summer

of 2013 and subsequently spent a short spell at Carlisle United, before heading south once 

more - this time to join Exeter City.

Danny made sixty-nine appearances for The Grecians, before calling time on what was

undoubtedly a highly-illustrious career.

Since then, Danny has enjoyed roles as the Assistant Manager of Southampton's under 18s side

and also First Team Coach at MK Dons - where he achieved promotion from League Two under

 the tutelage of Paul Tisdale back in 2018.

 

Sponsors: Home Kit: Available. Away Kit: Available.

 

Danny Whitaker - Assistant Coach

Danny was born in Wilmslow on 14th November 1980 and came through the ranks at Manchester United's Academy. 

In 2001, Whitaker signed his first professional contract with Macclesfield and made a fantastic impression on his debut on 2nd February 2002 scoring against Exeter City.

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Danny really broke on to the scene during the 2002-03 season and consistent performances attracted several higher-league clubs. 

He won the Player of the Year award in the 2005/06 season but would make the short journey over to Port Vale shortly after.

He was an ever-present for Vale in his two years there but after their relegation in 2008, Whitaker joined Oldham Athletic and continued to ply his trade in League One. 

After two seasons at Boundary Park he moved to League Two side Chesterfield in the summer of 2010 and during the following season he did not miss one league match as The Spireites were crowned League Two Champions, and Whitaker also featured in the PFA League Two Team of the Year. 

John Askey then brought Danny back to the Moss Rose in the summer of 2013 and he became virtually an ever-present. 

Danny signed up for his tenth professional season with Macc in the summer of 2017 and he played a pivotal role in the midfield as The Silkmen were crowned National League champions. He also picked up Macclesfield’s Player of the Year award as well as being named in the National League’s Team of the season.

In the summer of 2018 it was announced Whitaker would take up a Player/Coaching under Mark Yates and he subsequently stepped in to manage The Silkmen on a temporary basis alongside Neil Howarth.

Danny Whitaker became the Assistant Manager when Sol Campbell was appointed Manager at the end of November 2018 and has been appointed Assistant Head Coach under both Daryl McMahon and currently, Mark Kennedy.

Sponsors: Home Kit: John and Jenny Saxon. Away Kit: Available.