Robbie Savage is back – as head of football operations at born-again Macclesfield FC, saying: “I want to help a phoenix club rise from the ashes.”
The Silkmen were liquidated, after 146 years, last month after being relegated out of the Football League following a points deduction for repeated failure to pay the players' wages on time.
But when football businessman Rob Smethurst sealed a deal to buy the club's assets, Mirror columnist Savage “couldn't resist” joining the rescue act.
The former Wales international, who captained a record four clubs in the Premier League, will be joined on the board by ex-Silkmen Supporters Trust chairman Jon Smart.
And following the example of other born-again clubs including Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon and Bury, Macclesfield will apply for readmission to English football's pyramid in the North West Counties League in the 2021-22 season.
Savage, who made a brief comeback at 45 as a player with Stockport Town in the 10th tier last season, said: "I was devastated to see what happened here at Macclesfield.
“A club steeped in nearly 150 years of history is worth more to the local community than any amount of money can express.
“When Rob asked me to come on board and help to rejuvenate Macclesfield, I simply couldn't resist the chance to help a phoenix club rise from the ashes.
“It's only 21 years ago that Macclesfield were playing against Manchester City at the same level of the Football League.
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“I'm not saying we are going to reach the Premier League, win the title and bring some of the world's greatest talents to Moss Rose.
“But the aim is to take Macclesfield FC through the leagues and restore pride among the loyal supporters.
“We are passionate about bringing football back to life in this town and making sure the devastating recent events which the fans endured will never be repeated.
“Our key focus will be to bring the football club, the fans and the community together.
“Danny Whittaker will be the first team manager, and as head of football operations I will be looking to give him the practical support, advice and contacts he needs.
"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."
Smethurst, who runs the Pro Football Academy franchise, plans to install a 4G pitch at Moss Rose, along with a gym and classrooms to enable the stadium to be used by the local community as well as the relaunched Macclesfield FC.
Whitaker, 40 next month, made almost 400 appearances for the Silkmen and had just agreed a new 12-month contract with the club before it was wound up in the High Court.
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