Following a competitive bidding process, Rob Smethurst has acquired the assets of Macclesfield Town, with a new club being named Macclesfield FC.
Smethurst (pictured centre), 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 Macclesfield FC.
Robbie Savage (second right), the former Leicester, Birmingham, Blackburn and Wales midfielder turned broadcaster, is an associate of Smethurst and will be involved on the board, as well as in the head of football role.
Smethurst commented, “I recognised the need to revitalise a club that is so very important to Macclesfield, the fans the community, and presents the opportunity to create jobs within the local area and to hopefully get Macclesfield Town FC reinstated into the lower divisions at NWFCL level. We’re looking forward to becoming an integral part of Macclesfield and the local footballing community here at Moss Rose.”
Christie & Co advised Charles Ranby-Gorwood of CRG Insolvency & Financial Recovery, LPA Receiver in connection with the sale.
Jon Patrick, Director and Head of Leisure & Development at Christie & Co, said, “This is potentially a very good outcome for the future development of Macclesfield Town FC and is another example of where our marketing platforms have been able to reach out in short-order time to a variety of prospective buyers.
' From our initial appointment to completion the sale took a mere 16 working days which is a phenomenal turnaround. In the wider leisure market we are seeing an array of businesses being brought to the market and have been encouraged by the strong levels of interest from a wide range of buyers, despite restriction on viewings due to Covid-19.”