Macclesfield Town lucky to have Gary Simpson - Chairman

Gary Simpson

Macclesfield Town chairman Mike Rance believes the club are lucky to have Gary Simpson as manager.

The 50-year-old is approaching his second anniversary in charge after taking over from Keith Alexander.

"He's done a fantastic job - Gary's got a real eye for a player, and particularly young players," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I think he's widely respected for that and I feel we're fortunate to have him as our manager."

Simpson lead the Silkmen to 15th in League Two last season, in what was his first full season of management, after a testing year in which midfielder Richard Butcher died.

He was rewarded with a new two-year contract last summer but he continues to work with one of the smallest budgets in the Football League.

Rance also spoke about centre-back Shaun Brisley's move to Championship side Peterborough, which with add-ons could work out to be a record transfer deal.

"It's a very good deal and it's a great move for Shaun," Rance stated.

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"He's got a four-year contract at a Championship club and that's what we're all about really.

"Players join us because they know they get to put themselves in a shop window and if they've got an opportunity to advance there careers then we won't stand in their way.

"He's played 140 games senior games and he's only 21, so he's almost the finished article very young.

"He's got a long and hopefully successful career ahead of him and we're very proud of him."

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