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Macclesfield name ex-Man City, Wolves, Palace and Cardiff player as their new head coach

Macclesfield Town have this morning named former footballer Mark Kennedy as their new head coach, replacing Daryl McMahon who left earlier this month.

Kennedy, who played for Millwall, Liverpool, Manchester City, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town, will be assisted by Danny Whitaker and Danny Butterfield at the League Two club.


“Macclesfield Town are delighted to announce that former Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Republic of Ireland international Mark Kennedy has joined the club as our new Head Coach.

“The likeable Irishman has agreed an initial deal until the end of the 2019/20 campaign and will be assisted by former Crystal Palace and Southampton defender Danny Butterfield, together with our very own “Magic Man” Danny Whitaker.

“Mark began his career at Millwall and from there moved to Liverpool in a deal which made him the most expensive teenager in British football history.

“At home either at left back or on the left wing, Kennedy made sixteen appearances for The Reds, before moving to Manchester City after several loan deals.

“Mark helped City return to the Premier League in his first season at the club and went on to make sixty-six appearances in light blue, before switching to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“Once again, Mark enjoyed promotion to the Premier League – scoring the opening goal in Wolves’ 3 – 0 Play-Off Final victory over Sheffield United back in 2003.”

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They continued: “Kennedy made 174 appearances at Molineux over a five year period, before turning out for Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town towards the end of his career.

“Mark was also capped by the Republic of Ireland on thirty-four occasions, although he was unfortunately ruled out of the 2002 World Cup through injury.

“The Irishman retired from the playing side of the game back in 2012 and since hanging up his boots has committed himself to pursuing a coaching career within the game.

“Initially joining the backroom set-up at Portman Road, Mark went on to become a highly respected Academy Coach back at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City.

“He assisted Sol Campbell here at the Moss Rose for a short period last season and most recently, took charge of the Under 23s squad at Wolves.

“Mark is a passionate and incredibly well-respected figure, who we are delighted to be able to welcome to the club.”


@chrishudson08: “The likeable Irishman”. Slightly odd turn of phrase in the release.

David Woolliscroft: I seem to recall that Sir John had two or three goes before he finally got the job so head down Danny and keep learning the trade

Darran Greenwood: Disappointed Danny didn’t get the job.. but we have to get behind the new set up.. the club is bigger than any individual

Tom Coleman: Odd decision! Danny’s done a fantastic job when he’s had to pick up the pieces, we’ve played some better attacking football under him and most importantly he’s kept the team spirit up under bad circumstances… not sure why we didn’t give him some more time. Instead we hire more heads to add to the wage bill…. unless sealey’s paying their wages? ?

Mitchell Revill: We can’t afford to pay the staff we have but keep throwing money at new managers when Danny has done a great job all the times he has been in charge.

Nick Coleman: Pointless. He won’t get paid. He’ll leave. Danny has to pick up the pieces again.

Lee Warhurst: As usual the owner hasn’t got a clue, Danny’s the man, the club had better get its house in order or you will be one season ticket holder less next season ?

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