David Moss
David
Moss

David Moss was appointed as manager of Macclesfield Town on November 8 2001, taking the reins from caretaker player/manager Kevin Keen, who had been in charge for just a month following the departure of Gil Prescott from Moss Rose.

Working under severe financial restrictions at the Cheshire club, David was able to lead The Silkmen to 13th position in Division Three in his first season at the helm, thanks mainly to Town's good away form.

Facing the 2002-03 season with a squad of just 15 players, David certainly faces a challenge to maintain Macclesfield's league status, as the club – similar to many others in the lower divisions – struggles to deal with the financial fall-out of the collapsed ITV Digital deal.

As a player, David signed for Swindon from his hometown club Witney Town in 1969, and made over 200 appearances for the Wiltshire club before joining Luton in 1978. The winger, who scored 148 goals in his professional career, played over 200 games for The Hatters before returning to Swindon, to make four further appearances, in 1985.

Managing in extremely difficult circumstances, David's first priority was to maintain Macclesfield's position in the Football League, that was gained under Sammy McIlroy in 1997.

In his first season in charge he guided the Silkmen to a 13th-placed finish while the following season saw them slip to 16th, still six points clear of relegation.

A disappointing start to the 2003/04 season saw Macclesfield take just 15 points from their first 16 games, leaving them in 20th position - level on points with three of the four teams below them.

A 2-1 defeat to Southend on October 25 turned out to be Moss's last game in charge as he was sacked shortly afterwards. Chairman Rob Bickerton told the club's official website: "We deeply regret having to take such action. But in the final analysis, results on the pitch are the only real measure of success."

It ended David's near-two-year spell at the Moss Rose helm and made him the 14th managerial departure of the season.

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