Robbie Savage has spoken of his delight at helping head up the reformed Macclesfield FC.

Following the winding-up of Macclesfield Town last month, it was announced yesterday that the club will reform as Macclesfield FC, with local businessman Robert Smethurst having acquired Macclesfield Town’s assets.

Former Premier League midfielder Savage will become a board member and head of football operations, overseeing the first team down to Under-16s.

Savage said as part of an official statement: “I was devastated to see what happened here at Macclesfield, a club steeped in history and worth more than any value in money to locals.

“I am privileged to be asked by the new owner to take up a role as head of football, from the first team to grassroots, and was genuinely surprised to get a call, as I had no idea that Rob was looking to purchase the club until we spoke and he asked if I was interested to bring an extra dimension to his ambitions.

“I live within a stone’s throw from the ground and have integral links to the club as a local grassroots coach, a father who brings his sons here to spectate and a footballing professional who campaigns and lobbies for lower-tier football clubs, who are the foundation of the game.

“In my retirement from playing, I have found a love for seeing kids develop, and the satisfaction I get from that cannot be rivalled, so the role I have been asked to take up seems a perfect fit for me.”

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