Macclesfield Town legend Danny Whitaker has spoken of his immense pride at being named the reformed club’s inaugural manager.

The former Chesterfield and Port Vale player was confirmed as the manager-in-waiting as part of today’s announcement that local businessman Robert Smethurst had acquired Macclesfield Town’s assets, with the club to reform as Macclesfield FC.

The 39-year-old midfielder had initially retired this year, but re-signed as a player shortly before the club’s winding-up announcement last month. He had been named as Tim Flowers’ assistant alongside Gary Whild in August.

Whitaker said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity at Macclesfield FC. It is one of the proudest moments in my career to date and it is an absolute privilege.

“I’d like to thank the new owner and the board for putting their faith in me. I was so enthused by their vision for the club and their commitment to building a strong first team.

“It is a club that is so close to my and my family’s heart, and I can’t wait to get started in this exciting new era for the club.”

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