Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield Town have turned down the oppurtunity to appoint former Liverpool and England star Robbie Fowler as their new manager.

 

The Silkmen, who have been without a manager since sacking Steve King in April after the ex-Farnborough boss failed to orchestrate an immediate return to the football league, have instead elected to appoint former manager John Askey. 

 

Askey, also a former youth-team boss, achieved legendary status as a Macclesfield player by scoring over 150 goals, and has twice held the position before - once for a five month spell in the 2003-04 season and as caretaker at the end of last term.

 

However, the decision seems a strange one: in the 32 games he has overseen his team have managed just eight victories, and they won only one of the five games for which he was in charge last season.

 

Fowler is hardly a big-name in the world of management - his only previous experience coming in a year-long spell with Thai side Muangthong United for whom he was also registerd as a player - but he is the sort of big-name former player that could help inspire players and increase attendences. 

 

Askey will be assisted by another former Town player Sam Sodje, who scored the club's first ever goal in the football league back in 1997, the start of a 15 year spell in the football league. 

 

Sodje, 40, was one of 16 players released by Bury last month, ending his five year stay at Gigg Lane, and rather than trying to prolong his playing career the Nigerian former defender will turn his hand to coaching. 

 

The pair will have to hit the ground running at Moss Lane with King, who helped the club reach the Last 32 of the FA Cup for the first time in it's history just months before his departure, a shock casuality. 

 

Town famously defeated Swindon Town and Championship winners Cardiff City on their way to the fourth round where only eventual winners Wigan Athletic halted their progress.

 

After being within reach of the playoff places for much of the season Maccelsfield eventually ended the year in 11th place - 17 points adrift of the top five - and, despite a reduced budget, will be expected to improve on that performance this time around. 

 

 

 

 

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