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Bradford (PA) appoint ex-Macclesfield, Port Vale, Oldham, Chesterfield player as new head coach

Bradford (PA) have took to appoint ex-Macclesfield, Port Vale, Oldham, Chesterfield player Danny Whitaker as their new head coach.

Park Avenue have announced the appointment of the 43 year old, taking over from long-serving boss Mark Bower, who lost his job back in November.

The club currently sit 18th in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, with 17 points from 20 games played and just a point above the drop zone, but do have some games in hand.


Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC CIC are pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Whitaker as our new first team head coach.

Danny has an awesome record of success in both his playing and managerial career. He understands player development and has a winning mentality.

He has legendary status at Macclesfield, his last position, and has been in extensive discussions with Tom for a few days about the current position and future opportunities here.

He watched our game on Saturday as a further assessment and starts his new role at training this week.

Danny addresses our wish for a leader who is experienced at, above and below this level. He fully understands our desire to develop young academy players with talent and has good contacts in the game.

Danny will work full time at the club and will be heavily involved in the Academy project.

Please give Danny and the team your full support as they work to take us onwards and upwards.

This Saturday will be Danny’s first game in charge as we face Bamber Bridge. Don’t forget you can welcome him to the club for just £5 entry!

Sporting Director Thomas McStravick on the appointment: “We are delighted to bring Danny in the club.

“He’s someone who has similar values to us and will help us shape the culture we want to create.

“He’s hard working, wants to be successful and is eager to be involved in driving this project forward.

“He will bring high standards which align with the Academy.

“Let’s all come together and give Danny our full support.”


Youth career
Manchester United
Bradford City

Senior career
Wilmslow Albion
2001–2006 – Macclesfield Town – 201 games (32 goals)
2006–2008 – Port Vale – 98 games (15 goals)
2008–2010 – Oldham Athletic – 87 games (11 goals)
2010–2013 – Chesterfield – 120 games (25 goals)
2013–2019 – Macclesfield Town – 255 games (43 goals)
2021–2022 – Macclesfield
Total – 762 games (126 goals)

Managerial career
2018 – Macclesfield Town (caretaker)
2019 – Macclesfield Town (caretaker)
2020 – Macclesfield Town (caretaker)
2020–2022 – Macclesfield

This is how fans reacted as Bradford (PA) appoint the ex-Macclesfield, Port Vale, Oldham, Chesterfield player Danny Whitaker as new head coach…

@MTFC18: Congratulations Danny Whittaker wishing you all the best in your new role… means I have to become a Bradford Pa fan now 🙄 lol

@mdwat444: Pretty smart appointment for The Avenue that. Fingers crossed he can arrest the slide. #UTA

Claire Nina Spinks: Congratulations Danny well deserved. Look after our Silkman guys, he’s a good ‘un 👏👏

Dave Henshaw: Posting again as a Macc fan. You’ve got yourselves a fine young manager there. And a lovely guy as well.

Ian Williams: As a Macc supporter, I was gutted when he was removed from his post while we were top of the league. He is a talent and one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. Your team will love playing for him. Good luck with the rest of the season

Harley Hirst: A great appointment! Well done all involved 👌🏻

Claire Nina Spinks: He’s top drawer. Congratulations Magic Man 👏👏

Matt McVeigh: Good luck. Deserve it.

Cesar Rodriguez: Good luck Danny and all the best at BPA.

Andrew Poynton: Great news for him, congratulations, thoroughly deserved.

Pete Forse: Congrats Danny – you deserve it. Pleased for you.

Jeff Teasdale: Well done Danny. Thanks for all your work at MTFC.

Philip Gibbons: Congratulations Danny. Good luck. Always a macc legend

Andrew Ridgway: Good Luck Danny

Lorraine Chapman: Good luck to him and I hope mfc give him a good send off

Dave Henshaw: Congratulations Danny. Great Club, the very best of luck.

Sue Rowley: Pleased for you Danny congratulations and good luck 👏👏👏

Lee Holmes: An absolute legend in my eyes. Hope he smashes it 💙

Derek Turner: Good Luck Danny

Chris Taylor: Good for him. Well deserved

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