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Macclesfield A Step Closer to Safety

When Sol Campbell was appointed Macclesfield Manager, it was to a triumphant fanfare of his own confident ego kicking in and the fact that Macclesfield, were the strongmen of League 2 in propping everyone else up, cut adrift and seemingly heading towards the National League … Fast!

However, under his guidance, Macclesfield have had something of a transformation, being turned into a very formidable, solid and hard to beat team, which slowly but surely has eaten away at the distance between themselves and 22nd place ( the safety place) to such an extent, that they successfully dragged Notts County and Yeovil, by way of their own good form and the latter,s poor runs into trouble.

A run so good, that they were unbeaten in 5 games, with 3 draws and 1 win, on the back of going into this weeks game against Exeter City, themselves going for promotion, while Exeter themselves had not been on the best run, and though occupying the play off places, their current form was the opposite of Macclesfield’s so an interesting match awaited, with both sides obviously wanting the best result for very different reasons.

It was against this backdrop that a tense edgy game was expected at Macclesfield and on early starters it was Exeter City who took the lead, on 27 minutes, only for Macclesfield to pull one back, 3 minutes later, a lead which lasted precisely 4 minutes, before Exeter took the lead again, only to be pegged back again, deep into first half injury time.

Half Time: Macclesfield 2~ 2 Exeter City

The second half was a tense affair and going into the last 10 minutes, it looked as if it was going end all square, when Macclesfield, with 5 minutes remaining, took the lead again and managed to hold onto it until the final whistle, to Win 3~2.

The Win Lifts Macclesfield out of the bottom 2 and makes for a very interesting final few games, because, 2 points now seperates the leagues oldest Club, Notts County, who are now bottom on 37 points, level with Yeovil who are above them, going into the final 5 games of the season.

Will Macclesfield survive?… On current form it would be hard to bet against them

Yeovil’s struggles continue as they go into Administration

Today is a sad day for Yeovil Ladies as they are set to go into administration and have addressed the fact that they ‘recognise’ they will not be a Women’s Super League team next season.

Yeovil ladies have sadly gone into administration and face a 10 point deduction. Photo credit: BBC

The Football Association have confirmed that the bottom of the table team will have 10 points deducted from them with immediate effect. Yeovil became a full time professional club last year, however there have been multiple issues along the way. They have already made cuts to staff and have therefore realised it may be within their best interest to go back to the part-time title.

There are 5 games left for the Yeovil this season and with the deduction it will be virtually impossible to remain in the Super League as they will stand at -6 points, making them 15 points from safety. It is clear that the club have recognised the financial difficulties that they face and have had to accept the sporting sanctions which the FA have imposed upon them.

The club told BBC: “Through the commitment of the directors, others and the support of the FA, who have been able to advance next years funding to us early, the club is pleased to announce that it will compete all games this season.”

Yeovil should look forward to building itself back up in a very talented Championship division of the ladies leagues. I look forward to watching the club become strong again and hope that they get the support they need in order to help them remain the lovely club in which they are. I hate seeing news like this and this is why women’s football needs more attention and support from the world.

Do Yeovil’s side have the ability and more importantly the funding to bounce back into the Super League next season?

3 Possible Candidates to Replace Darren Way

As is the case when a football manager loses his job, then the list of potential candiates who could replace him, springs into life

With Yeovil parting company with Darren Way yesterday, after 1, 179 days in charge, Neale Marmon has been placed in temporary charge at Huish Park, with just a a few games remaining until the seasons end, if he does well, he could be in with a shout.

However, he does have some pretty impressive contenders for the roll, including former Glovers player, Jerry Gill, currently in charge of National League side Bath City ( which is not a million miles away from Yeovil) and who sit 5th in National League South. Gill has also managed Weymouth as well as holding coaching roles with Bristol Rovers and Wolves.

A strong contender for the job & one with Football League experience is Paul Hurst is one of the  current bookmakers favorite at the time of writing and has been out of work since he was dismissed at Portman road back in October.  The Sheffield born manager has had a prominent rise over the past decade with his first job being joint manager of Ilkeston town. Since then the former left back has managed Boston United where Hurst achieved promotion to Conference North and the Lincolnshire senior shield cup in his first season. Hurst would later resigned from Boston in 2011 to join fellow Lincolnshire based side Grimsby. Hurst spent five years at the Mariners achieving promotion back to the football league in 2016 via the playoffs. Hurst remained in charge of Grimsby till October of 2016 before moving to League One Shrewsbury Town. Hurst guided the Shrews off the bottom of the table and finished the campaign in 18th. The following season Hurst guided Shersbury to a playoff place and Checkatrade trophy final before losing out to Lincoln. After a successful season with the Shrews Hurst was hired as Mick McCarthy replacement at Ipswich town. Hurst only managed to last 15 games at Portman road before being given the boot after only winning one game.

The third and final manager on this list to replace Darren Way is former Bristol Rovers boos Darrell Clarke. Clarke has managed over 400 games as a manager and has built a strong reputation as a astue football manager and will be looking to get back into the game after being dismissed by Bristol Rovers in December 2018. Clark started out his managerial career with Salisbury City where the former winger started life as a player Manager. The Mansfield born manager went on to achieve two promotions with the Whites before leaving in 2013 to become assistant manager at Bristol Rovers. Clarke wouldn’t become full time Manager till March 2014 and saw the Gas relegated to the Conference following a 1-0 defeat to Mansfield on the final day of the season. Clarke remained in charge the following season and returned Bristol Rovers back to the Football league on the first time of asking. The following season Clarke would achieve consecutive promotions with the club as the former winger guided Bristol to a third placed finish in League 2. Clarke would continue to impress at Bristol Rovers finishing 10th and 13th place in League One. However Clarke left the club in 2019 after a run over 7 defeats in there last ten games.  

Clarke would be an excellent choice for Yeovil as the Manager has showed his determination and loyalty at Bristol Rovers whilst working with constraints.  Clarke also holds the highest FA coaching badge a level 5 UEFA pro.

Which ever way Yeovil decide to go, then they are spoilt for choice, they just have to make the right choice.