Former Lewes FC boss Steve King has been appointed the new manager of Macclesfield Town.
The Silkmen confirmed King’s appointment on their website today, after Sky Sports News had indicated the appointment would take place over the weekend.
King was Lewes manager over two spells – from 2003 to 2008 and then for the first six months of last season, before he left in mysterious circumstances by ‘mutual consent’ with the club Board.
Macclesfield, relegated back to non-league football after finishing bottom of League 2 this season – thus ending 15 consecutive seasons in the Football League having being promoted from the Conference under Sammy McIlroy in 1996 – said they hoped King’s arrival would inspire an immediate return to the big time.
They said: “Macclesfield Town has announced that the man selected to take on the challenge of achieving a rapid return to the Football League for the club is Steve King.
“Steve will take on the management hot seat at Moss Rose with immediate effect on a two-year deal as the club makes preparations for a new season in the Blue Square Premiership.”
King was quoted on the club website as saying: “Macclesfield Town represents an exciting challenge for me.
“I want to manage at the highest level possible and to be given the chance to lead the Silkmen to an early return is a great opportunity.”
A smiling King is pictured on the Silkmen’s website sitting in the Moss Rose stands and holding up a blue and white scarf Macclesfield scarf.
A number of famous names in football have preceded King in the Moss Rose hot seat. After former Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend McIlroy moved on from Macclesfield to take on the job of his country’s national coach in 1999, he was replaced as boss by a fellow ex-Red Devil in Peter Davenport.
Other big names to have taken the reins at the Cheshire club are former Brighton & Hove Albion player Brian Horton and, perhaps most famously, Paul Ince, who saved the club from relegation back to the conference in season 2006/07.
Since then former Manchester City star Ian Brightwell has been Macclesfield boss, as has Keith Alexander, who died tragically young in 2010 at the age of 53.
Last season’s manager Gary Simpson paid the price of a poor run of form in 2012 that saw the Silkmen fail to win in 14 straight league games and which eventually saw them finish rock bottom of the old Division Four. Horton returned briefly after Simpson’s dismissal in March but was unable to keep them up and he stepped down once relegation was confirmed, to be replaced by Simpson’s former right hand man Glyn Chamberlain. He left the Silkmen last week.