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Former £5m Man Macken In At Radcliffe Borough

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Experienced former Manchester City and Preston North End star John Macken is the new manager of Evo-Stik League North club Radcliffe Borough.

The 40-year-old, who scored 63 goals in 189 appearances for Preston between 1997 and 2002 before being sold to Manchester City for £5 million, was named as the successor to Joe Gibbons at Stainton Park following his midweek departure.

Macken brings a wealth of experience and contacts at all levels of the game after a career that went on to take in Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Derby County, Barnsley, Walsall, Stockport County and Northwich Victoria.

Macken, who is also a coach at Oldham Athletic and won one cap for the Republic of Ireland, was happy to take a back seat in the stands for Saturday’s visit of Skelmersdale United with coach Darren Finch at the helm for the clash.

Hailing the recruitment of Macken as a “real coup”, Radcliffe chairman Paul Hilton said: “For the club to be able to attract a manager of such high profile is a real coup. It was clear to us when we met Jon that he shares the ambition and drive to succeed that we the board do and is a genuine football man.”

He added: “He is a local lad, and knows this league through his time with Bamber Bridge. It is a real honour to welcome Jon on board and we look forward to a successful future together.”

Gibbons, appointed in February as the successor to Bill Prendergast after stepping up from assistant-manager, left Stainton Park on Wednesday following his side’s latest reverse, Tuesday night’s 4-0 loss at home to Prescot Cables.

Before a 3-2 win over Tadcaster Albion last weekend, his side lost their opening six matches in the league and went out of the Emirates FA Cup in the First Qualifying Round.

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