Macclesfield appoint Savage as head coach


Former Leicester, Birmingham and Blackburn midfielder Savage, who is a shareholder at the club, takes over from Michael Clegg, who departed on Monday.

Savage, 49, had held a director of football role with the club since their reformation in 2020 following the downfall of Macclesfield Town.

"As a result of achieving two promotions as well as reaching a play-off final and FA Trophy semi-final within the club’s first three years, it came as no surprise when Robbie was offered a senior role elsewhere recently," a club statement said., external

"Robbie subsequently agonised over this on numerous levels as it would have meant him relinquishing his role at Macclesfield FC – in addition to his shareholding.

"This was something which the board was not prepared to let happen and it was unanimously decided that Robbie should be given the chance to prove himself here at Macclesfield FC as he launches his coaching career with us."

Former Wales midfielder Savage, the club's seventh managerial appointment since 2020, has brought in Peter Band as his assistant.

His appointment comes after the Silkmen narrowly missed out on promotion from the seventh-tier Northern Premier League Premier Division last season having been defeated in a play-off by Marine.