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Oct 25, 2003
Following David Moss's dismissal from Macclesfield Town, chairman Rob Bickerton has wasted no time in appointing assistant manager John Askey as his replacement.
The Silkmen have had a disappointing start to the season and are currently fifth from bottom, although they are level on points with the three sides beneath them.

After suffering defeat to Southend United at Moss Rose on Saturday, Bickerton decided to take action.

"We deeply regret having to take such action," said Bickerton.

"But, in the final analysis, results on the pitch are the only real measure of success."

Having made over 700 appearances for the club in two decades and across four divisions, Askey is a crowd favourite at Macclesfield.

During his time in charge of the reserves over the past two seasons, Askey's teams have delivered some impressive performances, a factor that will not have been missed by Bickerton and his board.

"It is a big honour for me to get a chance to manage the first team at Moss Rose," Askey said on receiving the news.

"It's something I've always wanted to do and, though I would have preferred to have been given the chance under different circumstances, I will do it to the very best of my ability."