Macclesfield down but not out as Smethurst buys assets and Savage joins board

Macclesfield Town

October 14 – At last positive news for Macclesfield Town who were relegated from the EFL’s leagues last season via a points deduction and were yesterday expelled from the fifth tier National League.

Local businessman Robert Smethurst has bought the assets of Macclesfield Town from the official receiver after the club was wound up in the High Court in September.

Smethurst says he will rename the club Macclesfield FC and enter the North West Counties League next season, tier nine of the English pyramid.

Former Wales international turned TV and radio pundit Robbie Savage will join the club’s board.

“Over the coming years, our main aim is to move up through the leagues. I am passionate about building a secure business model and strong commercial foundation so the past issues the club has experienced will not happen again,” said Smethurst.

His plans include installation of a 4G pitch at the club’s Moss Rose home as well as a gym and classrooms to enable the stadium to be used by the local community.

Macclesfield were relegated from the EFL’s League 2 after a post season points deduction (the club’s second of the season) for non-payment of player wages. The National League subsequently expelled them after the club was made bankrupt, saying that it would continue with 23 rather 24 teams with only three teams to be relegated at the end of the current season.

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