Robbie Savage takes head coach job at Macclesfield, the club he part-owns

<span>Robbie Savage at Macclesfield’s Moss Rose stadium in 2020, the year he became involved.</span><span>Photograph: Conor Molloy/News Images/Shutterstock</span>
Robbie Savage at Macclesfield’s Moss Rose stadium in 2020, the year he became involved.Photograph: Conor Molloy/News Images/Shutterstock

Robbie Savage has been appointed as the head coach of Macclesfield FC. The former Wales midfielder was director of football at the phoenix club, as well as a shareholder, but after another club approached him he decided to take control of the first team.

Savage will be assisted by Peter Band while his former Leicester teammate Emile Heskey has been appointed in a “position-specific role as and when required”. Savage moving into the dugout means Michael Clegg, who was appointed as manager in February, has left the club.

Macclesfield, who play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, tier seven of the pyramid, said Savage would be “judged solely on results”. This is the 49-year-old’s first job as a manager or head coach. The club’s website lists Savage as the third-largest shareholder with 18.7%.

A statement from the club said: “Macclesfield FC can confirm that Robbie Savage has been appointed first-team head coach with immediate effect. As a result of achieving two promotions as well as reaching a play-off final and Isuzu FA Trophy semi-final within the club’s first three years, it came as no surprise when Robbie was offered a senior role elsewhere recently.

“Robbie subsequently agonised over this on numerous levels as it would have meant him relinquishing his role at Macclesfield FC – in addition to his shareholding. This was something which the board was not prepared to let happen and it was unanimously decided that Robbie should be given the chance to prove himself here at Macclesfield FC as he launches his coaching career with us.

“Ahead of a campaign where we simply cannot fail, Robbie will now be accountable for all First Team affairs and judged solely on results.”

It is unclear how Savage’s punditry work will be affected, specifically his role as host of the weekend phone-in 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live.