Skip to main content Skip to site footer

First Team Management

Daryl McMahon - Head Coach

Daryl McMahon has agreed to become our new Head Coach and has signed a contract that will run until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

The 35-year-old will be assisted by Steve Gritt and Danny Whitaker.

 

Daryl enjoyed a thirteen year playing career, which saw him amass over three hundred and fifty appearances as a tenacious and committed midfielder.

After playing for an array of local sides, the Dubliner achieved his break in 1998 when he moved to England to join the youth ranks at West Ham United.

It proved to be an illustrious grounding at Upton Park, as Daryl was quickly spotting by his national side - for whom, he appeared at a variety of youth levels.

After a loan spell at Torquay United, Daryl moved to Port Vale and then on to Leyton Orient back in 2004.

Daryl helped The O's to League Two promotion two years later, before moving to Stevenage in 2007 - where more silverware was to follow in the form of an FA Trophy winners medal.

Moves to Cambridge United, Farnborough, Boreham Wood, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic ensued, before Daryl first arrived at Ebbsfleet United in 2013.

He made sixty-six appearances for The Fleet during a two-year period at Stonebridge Road, before a brief spell back at Boreham Wood completed his playing career.

After temporarily occupying the managerial hot-seat at Ebbsfleet in 2014, Daryl was named as the club's permanent manager the following year.

 Daryl McMahon -2.jpg

Widely-regarded as one of the most promising up and coming managers outside the EFL, Daryl secured two consecutive second place finishes in the National League South - with the latter seeing The Fleet enjoy promotion glory following a play-off final victory over Chelmsford City in 2017.

In his first season in English football's fifth tier, Daryl masterminded the Kent side reaching the National League play-offs - which was a phenomenal achievement given that it was their first year back at that level.

Ultimately they were to be eliminated by Tranmere Rovers - yet Daryl gained much admiration from the footballing world in general, for what represented a hugely impressive season.

He left Stonebridge Road in November 2018 and then became a regular face on BT Sport, as part of their National League coverage.

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

Steve Gritt - Assistant Coach

Steve Gritt brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the Moss Rose, after a playing career which spanned eighteen years and a managerial career which has lasted almost three decades.

After starting out at Bournemouth, Steve then moved to Charlton Athletic where he remained for sixteen years - other than a brief spell at Walsall in 1989.

 Coach SG.jpeg

Steve was named as joint player-manager at The Valley in 1991 and alongside Alan Curbishley, he helped lay the foundations for the successes of the late 1990's and went on to be named in sole charge of Brighton and Hove Albion in 1996.

After helping The Seagulls avoid what seemed to be inevitable relegation, Steve then moved to Millwall before returning to The Valley as part of the club's academy management.

Most recently, Steve has been Assistant Manager at Ebbsfleet United, where he nurtured an incredibly successful and vibrant working relationship with our new Head Coach, Daryl McMahon.

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.

 Coach DW.jpeg

Danny really broke on to the scene during the 2002-03 season and consistently good 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 since then he has been virtually an ever-present back at the Moss Rose. 

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. f November

In the summer of 2018 it was announced Whitaker would take up a Player/Coaching role and has 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.

In August 2019 Danny has now become part of Daryl McMahon's coaching team as an Assistant Coach.

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