Macclesfield Town are back with a new name, just weeks after they announced they were served a winding up order back in September 2020.
Judge Sebastian Prentis made a winding up order at a virtual hearing in the specialist Insolvency and Companies Court.
He was told that the Silkmen owe nearly £190,000 in tax and more than £170,000 to two other creditors.
Lawyers representing HM Revenue and Customs had applied for a winding up order.
The judge said he could see nothing which gave him “any comfort” that the club can pay the debts.
He was overseeing the latest in a series of hearings.
Macclesfield were recently relegated from the fourth tier of league football into non league football.
They were relegated after being docked points for breaches of regulations relating to non-payment of wages which dropped them to the bottom of the League Two table.
13 days after being wound up by the High Court, Macclesfield Town were then expelled from the National League.
Since then, news came out that former footballer turned pundit Robbie Savage now wants to set up a phoenix club for them.
The Times revealed that the ex-Crewe, Leicester, Blackburn, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby player he is believed to be among a group of businessmen planning to form a new club at Moss Rose.
He came out of retirement to play for Stockport Town last year, a club who is owned by his associate Rob Smethurst, he’s is expected to complete the purchase of Macclesfield’s former home Moss Rose.
Matt Slater of the Athletic said last week: “Local businessman Rob Smethurst has bought Macclesfield Town’s assets out of liquidation & set up Macc Football Club Ltd. Smethurst also owns Pro Football Academy, a private youth acad with 40+ sites across England, & NWCL side Stockport Town. Phoenix club could join North West Counties League in 2021.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, Robbie Savage has released a statement regarding the club’s future, and a press conference is due to take place from Moss Rose at 4pm.
Local businessman Robert Smethurst has acquired the assets of Macclesfield Town. The Club will maintain the historic brand and logo under the new name of Macclesfield FC. Danny Whitaker will become first team manager.
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