League Two newcomers Macclesfield Town have appointed a new first team manager. They have opted to bring in former Cheltenham Town and Crawley Town boss Mark Yates, who has left National League side Solihull Moors to sign a three year contract with the Silkmen.
Macclesfield had to deal with the loss of long-term boss John Askey earlier this month, after became Shrewsbury Town's first team manager. Askey had taken them back into the Football League after a six year hiatus, but left for a higher division as soon as the season was up, leaving the National League Champions with rather large shoes to fill.
Yates successfully guided Solihull away from relegation last season, having been appointed in November 2017 with them at the foot of the National League. His escape act caught Macclesfield's eye, whilst his seven years of League Two experience with Cheltenham and Crawley were also worthy of note, even if his time at Whaddon Road left on a low note as one of the four managers they appointed during the 2014-15 season on their way to relegation from the Football League. He said of his appointment at Moss Rose:
"I'm really pleased. It's happened really quickly but I'm joining a club with momentum and a club that are on the up. Everybody at the Football Club did a fantastic job last season and I just want to carry that on in a very competitive League Two. I'm looking forward to working with the players that are here but also bringing in some new faces too. I've been very impressed with the Chairman and I'm sure we're going to work tirelessly to put together a squad that will do well next season."
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