Macclesfield Town Set to Relaunch Under New Ownership

Oct 13, 2020, 2:30 PM GMT+1
General Views of Moss Rose Ground home of Macclesfield Town
Macclesfield Town are being rebranded | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Just months after being forced to close their doors because of financial issues, Macclesfield Town are set to relaunch as Macclesfield FC, keeping the same brand and logo from the old side.

Macclesfield's financial woes began in early 2019 when the club failed to pay their players for three months and were hit with a winding up order, but their court date was adjourned a whopping 11 times until September 2020, when the club were finally forced to accept defeat.

The club shut their doors later that month, but Robbie Savage has revealed on Twitter that Macclesfield are set to make a return to non-league football in the 2021/22 season after being purchased by businessman Robert Smethurst.

"This is an extremely exciting opportunity to rebuild a historic Football Club for Macclesfield and the surrounding areas and I want to ensure that we bring the footballing heartbeat back into the local community, combined with a firm financial business plan and with consideration for the fans," Smethurst said.

"My vision over the coming months and years is to rebuild the Club, pitch and stadium facilities and re-invest the income generated from that back into creating a first team and the Club overall."

Savage also revealed that he will take up the role of head of football after Smethurst reached out to him for his assistance in bringing Macclesfield back from the dead.

"I was devastated to see what happened here at Macclesfield," Savage explained. "A Club steeped in history and worth more than any value in money to locals. I am privileged to be asked by the new owner to take up a role as Head of Football from the first team to grassroots and was genuinely surprised to get a call as I had no idea that Rob was looking to purchase the Club until we spoke and he asked if I was interested to bring an extra dimension to his ambitions.

Robbie Savage
Savage is set to be the club's head of football | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

"I live within a stone's throw from the ground and have integral links to the Club as a local grassroots coach, a father who brings his sons here to spectate and a footballing professional who campaigns and lobbies for lower tier Football Clubs, who are the foundation of the game.

"In my retirement from playing, I have found a love for seeing kids develop and the satisfaction I get from that cannot be rivalled - so the role I have been asked to take up seems a perfect fit for me."

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